Jellyfish (Shira Geffen, 2007)
Jellyfish is an Israeli film that weaves together the story of three women, Batia (Sarah Adler), a waitress with a catering outfit, Keren (Noa Knoller), a new bride (whose wedding Batia worked) and Joy (Ma-nenita De Latorre), a Philippine maid assisting a man's elderly mother. Each faces a complication. Batia discovers a lost child playing on the beach and decides to look after her until social services can. Keren breaks her foot at the wedding and kind of limps through her honeymoon. Joy deals with being a fish out of water, not knowing Hebrew and missing her home where she has left a child behind.
Keren's story seems mostly about her complaining about everything, often for good reason, often not. Her story seems more about her husband and a mysterious woman in the same hotel who he keeps bumping into. It wasn't quite clear to me how everything fit together. There's a certain sense of loss or absence in the stories. Keren misses her honeymoon. Batia has just broken up with her boyfriend and has found this this lost girl. Both Batia and a photographer who she becomes friends with lose their jobs. Joy is missing her child, amplified when she loses the photo she has of him. Working with elderly individuals, she's also party to people losing their parents. But this could just be me forcing a connection, it doesn't really have a strong resonance.
Frankly, I could have spent the whole film with with Batia and the girl. The girl, seemingly mute at 5 years old, just has this perfect sense of wonder with the world. It is kind of joyous to behold all these little moments. When they were together the film was divine, but it is a fairly small portion and the rest is pretty middling. Some nicely framed shots show a good vision, too bad I can't wish screen captures into existence. Bonus for having the worst Hamlet adaptation ever though. Some promise here but not ultimately a film of great distinction.