Last year’s phenomenon on the Jewish film festival circuit is this intimate mother-daughter tale of mortality and the bonds of family. Asia (Alena Yiv) is a Russian immigrant to Israel who excels as a hardworking nurse but, when she comes home to her teenage daughter Vika, she’s far less confident in her role as a mother. The pair navigate a cold, nearly silent co-existence, with Asia struggling to understand motherhood and Vika (Shira Haas, Netflix’s Unorthodox), in “a hypnotizing performance (IndieWire),” attempting to rebel against her distant mother. But just as Vika begins to explore the normalcies of teenage life, her sudden deteriorating health confines her to a wheelchair and forces Asia to reevaluate their relationship.
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"The maturity of the directorial voice is evident in its clear-eyed, rigorously unsentimental assessment of a shattering situation."
"From Daniella Nowitz's muted, intimately lit lensing to the plaintive, judiciously used piano strains of Karni Postel's score, every formal element of Asia serves to illustrate and enrich the tricky, evolving relationship at its center"