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directed by Yuval Delshad
Israel 2015

 

A moving and simplistically elegant coming-of-age story, BABA JOON finds second generation Iranian Jewish turkey farmer Yitzhak (Navid Negahban, AMERICAN SNIPER) pushing himself beyond his endurance to build up the business for his son Moti (Asher Avrahami). Moti, however, has no taste for the cruelty of the business nor its monotony; having inherited not only his mechanical acumen (building a buggy out of an old scooter and an improvised water pump for the truck's failing radiator), but also his stubbornness. Yitzhak's wife and Moti's mother Sarah (Viss Elliot Safavi, HAPPY-GO-LUCKY) keeps the peace between the two, telling her husband that a branch bent too far will break and her son that a rigid tree will snap in a storm. Moti finds a kindred spirit when his jeweler uncle Dariush (David Diaan, THE STONING OF SORAYA M.) comes to visit from America. Dariush, who has vowed never to set foot in the turkey barn after being harshly punished by his and Yitzhak's Baba (Rafael Eliasi), encourages Moti's mechanical experimentation while Yitzhak - much to his wife's displeasure - tries to force Moti to learn to farm. Moti openly defies his father when he tries to make him de-beak the birds, and he finds momentary escape when his father falls off a ladder and hurts his back. When Baba orders Dariush to work the farm or get out, he moves to a nearby cottage where Moti starts spending most of his vacation. This arrangement ratchets up to the battle of wills between father and son as well as opening up old wounds between the brothers and their differing relationships with their father. The term "baba" is addressed towards different characters throughout the film, sometimes respectfully and sometimes sarcastically (by Yitzhak to his son when joking that his opinion has credence), but the film ultimately reveals the main baba is a figure of comfort for his grandson at first but reveals more of the personality his sons recall towards the film's conclusion in which Moti goes Dariush's own juvenile act of defiance several times over.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: October 2015 (Israel)

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DVD Review: Strand Releasing - Region 1 - NTSC

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Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:31:27
Video

1.88:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.4 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Hebrew/Persian Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Strand Releasing

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.88:1

Edition Details:
� Theatrical Trailer (16:9 1:52)
� Previews

DVD Release Date: July 26th, 2016
Amaray

Chapters 8

 

 

 

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With only trailers for the feature and four other titles, Strand maxxes out the bitrate for their dual-layer, progressive, anamorphic presentation of visually-striking coming-of-age film. The Dolby Digital 5.1 track has atmosphere (and plentiful turkey gobbles) and music in the surrounds when necessary but the mix often emphasizes the desolateness of the rural setting. Optional English subtitles are included for both the Hebrew and Persian dialogue (but not for some song lyrics).

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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