Anashim Shehem Lo Ani, “People That Are Not Me,” in English is a film from Israel directed by Hadas Ben Aroya. The film traces the life of Joy, a young girl who is faced with the typical problems that come with youth and relationships. Though she has a heartache, it does nothing to prevent her from sleeping with the first comer. As the protagonist, Joy does not leave the screen of the whole film, so one must follow her in her frenzied race. Anashim Shehem Lo Ani comes as an acerbic portrait of Tel Aviv’s young generation in this romantic drama. Unable to let go of her ex, Joy doesn't seem to be able to fall for the new guy yet. In the meantime she continues having casual sex with strangers. There’s something very elementary about Hadas Ben Aroya’s debut feature that brings with a steady dose of singularity and boldness. This does stir a definitive interest in the movie and an obvious curiosity about the future of Ben Aroya as a filmmaker. She had produced, written, directed and starred in the film, making it a one-woman show all the way through.
Throughout the 80 minutes of the movie, the camera, wielded by the cinematographer, Meidan Arama, hardly moves away from Aroya’s face. In a self indulgent tone, it follows her for long stretches as she wanders the streets of Tel Aviv. The very first scene of the film puts forth its exhibitionist aspect, by showing Joy sitting bare-breasted at her computer one night, trying to communicate with her ex, struggling to get over their breakup. This is scene that depicts instant provocation, it sure needs a lot of courage. What sets the film apart is the fact is that there is a confrontation between that provocation and the simplicity with which it is carried out. A young woman fails to deal with her unconditional love for Yonatan (Netzer Charitt), but the way Ben Aroya portrays Joy’s romantic grief raises the obvious question of whether Joy’s disappointment comes from a deep and genuine love for Yonatan, or from the blow the separation has hit her ego in a bad way.
While one layer of the film deals with a young woman who wants to have complete control over her life, including the men in her life. Her ideology certainly doesn’t work for her, but the questions the film raises about Joy’s intentions and her behavior put her in an egocentric light, a fact that is reiterated by the film’s title.
The film will run through June 19, 2018 at Louxor Palais Du Cinema, 170 Boulevard de Magenta, 75010
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