›› Stav ‹‹

a short film by Michal Haggiag.

2018 | 10 mins | Israel.

a poignant variant on the theme of the Good Samaritan.

Dave says:

Youth volunteer worker aka actress Danielle Chamelnik finds her life turned upside down in this telling short film from writer and director Michal Haggiag. Desperately searching for seventeen-year-old Stav (Toar Israel); Chamelnik finally locates Stav in the darkened backstreets of the city, only to find that the teen has no interest in being found; being more concerned with turning tricks in the middle of the night.

In short, this is but a poignant variant on the theme of the Good Samaritan, as a young woman goes out of her way to reach out to a young man in her care, only to discover a part of life totally foreign to her, as Stav ponders whether or not those that pay for sex with him can tell that - I'm a girl. Yet and for all of the pros of this work, somewhere along the way it falters, given the narrative somehow does not pack the cinematic punch, that it should. That Stav walks, if not lives on the wide side of life, goes without saying. But in showcasing such, there's no real insight into the reason for doing so, other than the need for a quick Shekel and perhaps the hope of a hug or a kiss from a stranger. Enough said.

›› available as part of the NEW QUEER VISIONS shorts compilation - THE ISRAELI BOYS.
›› posted: Saturday, 19th December, 2020.

Trans Visibility - overt. 
Nudity - the full monty. 
Overall - file under ... 2+ stars. 

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