Review: A Tale of Love and Darkness

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A couple months back I finally caught Natalie Portman’s feature directorial (and writing) debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness. The fact that it’s taken me this long to post anything says that a) I’ve been busy and b) I don’t have much to say.

A Tale of Love and Darkness

It’s a sincere and accomplished film that, to me at least, didn’t feel like it came from a first-time filmmaker. But like Natalie’s character, it feels somewhat removed and distant. I felt like an observer the whole time, never drawn into the story or characters.
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Portmanin!

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  No word yet on when the U.S. will get a chance to see Natalie's feature directing and writing debut, A Tale Of Love And Darkness, but it looks like…

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ATOLAD Tidbits

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  Let's kick off the week with a few A Tale of Love and Darkness news items. - Tablet have a really nice write up of the film's premiere in…

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TOLAD In Jerusalem

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  Natalie's writing and directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness, had its big premiere in Jerusalem last night. Sporting a rather uncomfortable looking "Love" necklace, she met Israeli…

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Dior Interview

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  We have another video from Cannes, this time being interviewed by Dior. Thanks to Axwell.

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First TOLAD Reviews

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Natalie’s writing and directorial feature debut has finally been seen and the early reviews are across the board. No real consensus beyond “it doesn’t suck”.

The most positive so far has been via The Guardian.

Homely, bespectacled Arieh (Gilad Kahana) and even glum little Amos (Amir Tessler) are inevitably overshadowed by Portman’s near-radioactive screen presence. But its on her achievement as a director that her role in this film will be judged, and it’s accurate to say she has done an impressive job, easily the equal of Angelina Jolie, who went similarly serious for her first feature, the Bosnian war drama In the Land of Blood and Honey.) Portman has made a film with something serious and interesting to say about Israel, a nuanced portrait of the place that demonstrates a commitment to, and connection with, her home country. This is an assured, heartfelt debut.

The Telegraph gave the film 3 stars.

The film feels like a personal project for Portman, but thankfully never a vanity one. It’s a fine piece of work – and you sense there’s better to come.

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First TOLAD Clip

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  While we await the first reviews of TOLAD and Natalie's appearance at the screening today, how would you like to take a look at a first scene from the…

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TOLAD Is Almost Here

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  The official Cannes lineup has been released as well as the page for A Tale of Love and Darkness. With it comes this still from the film and the…

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