The Other Son
Official Selection at 2012 San Francisco Jewish Festival
At A Glance:Switched at birth, two young men discover their family and faiths are not their own.
The Other Son is the moving and provocative tale of two young men, one Israeli, the other Palestinian, who discover they were accidentally switched at birth, and the complex repercussions on themselves and their respective families.
Joseph (Jules Sitruk), an 18-year-old musician preparing to join the Israeli army for his mandatory military service, lives at home in a comfortable suburb of Tel Aviv with his parents, France-born physician Orith (Emmanuelle Devos) and Israel-born army commander Alon Silbers (Pascal Elbe). A blood test for Joseph’s military service reveals
that he is not their biological son; during the Gulf War Joseph was evacuated from a clinic along with another baby; both were given back to the wrong families. While the Palestinian Joseph went to Tel Aviv with the Silbers, their actual Jewish son, Yacine
(Medhi Dehbi) was brought to the West Bank by the Arab couple, Said (Khalifa Natour)
and Leila (Areen Omari). The revelation turns the lives of the two families upside-down,
forcing them to reassess their respective identities, values and beliefs.
Director and Co-Writer: Lorraine Levy
Rated Pg-13/2012/1hr 53min/Contemporary/In French, Hebrew, Arabic and English; non-English portions subtitled in English