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Short summary

A young New York woman, devastated to find out that her husband has been cheating on her, decides to hop a plane to Paris to get away. However, she falls asleep on the plane, misses her connection, and winds up in Israel, with no money, no luggage and no friends.

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    • Author: Kefrannan
    Ditzy comedy--with a become-a-better-you story slant--has flighty Julie Hagerty cast as a wealthy, spoiled American who inadvertently winds up in Israel, broke and homeless. Quickly discovering she'll have to work for the first time in her life, Hagerty learns the meaning of survival, finding friendship along the way. Minor excursion in the wake of "Private Benjamin" is pretty silly. Amos Kolleck wrote, directed and co-stars...and may have been in over his head. The picture isn't overly-ambitious (I didn't detect any hidden agendas), though it could have stood some extra input. Kolleck's writing is spirited in the same sense that most TV sitcoms are spirited, and Hagerty is never encouraged to give her sassy character added dimension or emotional weight. *1/2 from ****
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    • Author: Kazracage
    Yes, I know it wasn't the most profound of films nor the funniest, but it was emmenently enjoyable. I liked how it depicted Israeli life and life on the Kibbutz and in Jerusalem. I was there a few years before this film was made and it was very accurate, based on what I saw. The performances were also believable. So what if it didn't have the special effects of Jurrasic Park. It certainly had a lot more humanity and believable charactors.
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    • Author: Gietadia
    This movie offers some insights into Israeli society and some mild chuckles, but it has not aged well. Its primary purpose appears to have been as a propaganda device for Israel. The plot is weak and conventional.

    The main problem I have with the movie are its unsubtle political undertones. Arabs are largely treated as an unseen menace who want to destroy a utopian Israel that sprang from the desert and made it bloom (classic propaganda). The only two Arab characters personify racist movie stereotypes. The trader in the souk is a peeping Tom and cheat, and the Arab who gives camel rides tries to grope the main character, in a perfect example of the 'horney Arab' stereotype.
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    • Author: Gaudiker
    It is difficult to imagine anything similar to a sound reason why Julie Hagerty decided to be involved with this woefully underfunded and banal film. The talented Hagerty who, along with Diane Keaton, has represented the quintessential contemporary suburban neurotic in American cinema for the past 20 years, cannot discover a way to bring this work up from its malnourished roots to a level of interest. The plot involves Hagerty's character's discovery of her husband's infidelity, resulting in her booking a flight to a longed-for Paris, a destination not achieved as she sleeps past the embarkation point in France, and finds herself in Israel with no luggage and little money, taking a place in a kibbutz in order to survive. The director and scriptor, Amos Kollek, son of long-time Jerusalem mayor Teddy Kollek (who is given a bit part), is also the male lead and romantic interest for Hagerty who has a difficult time, along with the viewer, in adopting the illusion that Kollek is interesting in the least. This activity is within a travelogue frame, resulting in a hybrid of a would-be comedy and propaganda piece. There is no character development, simply a flabby episodic structure marked by a subterranean level of taste. Virtually every scene is belabored by poor editing and sound quality and a lack of direction; only the opening moments, with Hagerty in a New York elevator expounding to all about her of her delight in quitting her employer, has any sparkle to it.
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    • Author: Akinonris
    Worthless caricatures, vapid storylines, punctuated by moments of decent to above-average cinematography. This is not plain awful, but it is tiresome and boring.

    I saw this on the Channel 55 WLNY Late Show and positively savored the commercials that broke this thing up.

    I give credit where it's deserved: moments of good cinematography, color, and calm textures. Really, to me those moments stood out during and after.

    Negative points for bad film editing, neanderthal script and story, bad camera work to make you forget about the good moments, and good actors wasting their time on this nonsense.
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    • Author: SadLendy
    The movie was very cute. Kollek shows his view of Israel, and adds some very nice touches. Although the premise is somewhat unbelievable, it makes a fun movie.

    One of the cutest bits, perhaps, is the scene where the main character has just had her clothes stolen, and she tells a passerby about her difficulties, only to have him suggest that she "tell it to the mayor." The passerby is (then) Mayor of Jerusalem, Teddy Kollek.

    Other highlights include the banana-eating contest, and some real bites of Israeli life. The experiences shown in the movie are very true-to-life, and the other commentator, who claimed that it was a propaganda film, has obviously never been an American woman in Israel.
  • Cast overview, first billed only:
    Julie Hagerty Julie Hagerty - Nancy Callaghan
    Amos Kollek Amos Kollek - David
    Shmuel Shiloh Shmuel Shiloh - Moishe
    Aviva Ger Aviva Ger - Ilana
    Dudu Topaz Dudu Topaz - Albert (as David Topaz)
    Jennifer Babtist Jennifer Babtist - Lisa
    Christopher Goutman Christopher Goutman - Jack
    Hanan Goldblatt Hanan Goldblatt - Avi
    Mosko Alkalai Mosko Alkalai - Papalovski (as Moscu Alcalay)
    Ya'ackov Ben-Sira Ya'ackov Ben-Sira - Travel Agent (as Yaacov Ben-Sira)
    Chaim Banai Chaim Banai - Airport Policeman
    Irit Ben Zur Irit Ben Zur - Airport Official12
    Chaim Jeraffi Chaim Jeraffi - Arab store owner (as Chaim Girafi)
    Bella Ben David Bella Ben David - Supply Room Supervisor
    Moshe Ish-Kassit Moshe Ish-Kassit - Construction Supervisor
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