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War and its implications are the first things one tends to associate with Israeli cinema, perhaps because those kind of films are the ones that make it to the film festivals and get international releases (most notable are the works of director Amos Gitai).

“Jellyfish” is a welcome respite from this: a dazzlingly stylish urban fable set in Tel Aviv, the city is shown here as an oasis lit by soft, unobtrusive sunrays and made peaceful by a rambling beach. Nimbly sidestepping the issues of history, religion and politics, filmmakers Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen concentrate on small, poetic details of people’s lives, that have, in varying degrees, been damaged by a lack of real intimacy.

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