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Saint Clara (1996)

Clara Hakedosha (original title)
The year is 1999 and the storyline is actually a number of sub-plots all revolving around the 13-year old Clara, a girl that can predict the future and has telekinetic powers. The sub-plots... See full summary »

Directors:

Ari Folman, Ori Sivan

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Ari Folman (as Ari Fulman), Jelena Kohout (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lucy Dubinchik ... Clara Chanov
Halil Elohev Halil Elohev ... Eddie Tikel
Johnny Peterson Johnny Peterson ... Rosy
Maya Maron ... Libby
Maya De-Fries Maya De-Fries ... Eleanor Galash
Tal Feigenboim Tal Feigenboim ... Galit Biron
Igal Naor ... Headmaster Tissona
Joe El Dror ... Teacher Mounitz
Orly Silbersatz ... TV Reporter (as Orly Silbersatz Banai)
Tal Ben-Bina Tal Ben-Bina ... Tikel's Mom
Menashe Noy ... Tikel's Dad
Evgenia Dodina ... Clara's Mom (as Jenya Dodina)
Ronald Heilovsky Ronald Heilovsky ... Clara's Dad
Israel Sasha Demidov ... Elvis Chanov (as Israel Damidov)
Ronny Bachar Ronny Bachar ... Vered Rosental
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Storyline

The year is 1999 and the storyline is actually a number of sub-plots all revolving around the 13-year old Clara, a girl that can predict the future and has telekinetic powers. The sub-plots include a boy in her class who has a crush on her, his family, her family and her principal that keeps talking French for some strange reason. Written by Danny Paikov <deepee@netvision.net.il>

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MiKan Tatchil HaMahapecha [The Revolution Will Start Here] See more »

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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Israel

Language:

Hebrew | Russian

Release Date:

1996 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Agia Clara See more »

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Lucy Dubinchik(Clara Chanov) is actually fluent in Russian, as her character Clara. See more »

Quotes

Headmaster Tissona: I want to tell you about a dream I had. I'm in a bobsled, sliding down the snow at amazing speed. And who do you think is sitting with me? Edith Piaf. She's with me. Edith Piaf!
Eddie Tikel: Who is she, sir?
Headmaster Tissona: She's not relevant to the story. Ask your father. And while sliding, she's singing, "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien." And I hold her and feel her holiness flow into my heart. People on the sidelines hand us cups of tea, like in a marathon. But we can't stop the sled. I can't find the brakes. See how this ...
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Version of Die Einfälle der heiligen Klara (1980) See more »

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Composed by Rami Fortis / Berry Sakharof
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An offbeat gem
24 February 2008 | by howard.schumannSee all my reviews

Pals Eddie Tikal (Halil Elohev), skinhead wannabe Rosy (Johnny Peterson) and the boyish-looking Libby (Maya Maron) swallow some pills before entering school. Instead of going to class, however, they are summoned to the principal's office to be questioned about a strange event. It seems that the students at Haifa's Golda Meir Junior High School have turned in perfect scores on a Math test and the perplexed teacher and principal of the school are determined to hunt down and punish the cheater. The teacher asks, "Aren't you guys smart enough to make a few mistakes so we won't catch on that you're cheating?" When they find out, however, that the class did not cheat but were provided answers by a clairvoyant Russian immigrant, their authority is shaken.

Based on a novel by Pavel Kohout, a Czech writer who adapted its story from a screenplay by his wife Jelena, Ari Foman and Ori Sivan's Saint Clara is a film of surreal charm that bears comparison to Bunuel and Truffaut. While it is quirky, it is not self consciously so, and contains characters that we can recognize as real people. Contrary to typical Hollywood fare, the film shows psychic abilities such as clairvoyance to be natural attributes of the human mind, although in this case, according to a family tradition, they will last only until the young girl falls in love. The psychic is 13-year old Clara (Lucy Dubnichek), a very quiet girl with deeply expressive eyes. While she is regarded as odd by her punk classmates, they are more than happy to receive her help on their examinations and equally eager to enlist her help in planning a revolution that never quite gets off the ground.

The oddness in the film is not limited to the students. Mathematics teacher (Joseph El Dror) had a tour of duty in Vietnam where he claims that he once beat international chess champion Bobby Fischer. The principal (Yigal Naor), nattily dressed in a red suit, claims to have made love to French singing star Edith Piaf. On television, we see a weirdly dressed newswoman who constantly speaks about the impending environmental catastrophe and we learn from Rosy that the Richter scale was inspired by Marilyn Monroe. While it has its uneven moments, Saint Clara is an offbeat gem that offers with deadpan humor some intriguing insights into adolescent behavior. As Tikel becomes infatuated with Clara, the film hints at a more conventional outcome but maintains its irresistible charm and originality until the end.


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