Nir Bergman’s soulful drama touches on family ties, the rights of the differently abled, and the sadness of aging. Shai Avivi plays Aharon, a stubborn, proud, aging divorcé; Noam Imber plays Uri, his autistic son. The two have lived a harmonious life together for years, but time is catching up with them: Uri is now an adult, and his mother is pushing for him to enter an institution and shift to more independent living. Both men are reluctant to separate: the prospect is terrifying for Uri and heartbreaking for his dad…
Graced by two fantastic lead performances, Here We Are is a film suffused with the triumphs, the sadness, and the quiet moments of tenderness that make up so much of our lives. Bergman portrays an unusual father-son bond without putting a foot wrong; Uri and Aharon are vivid, finely limned human presences, and it’s a pleasure to spend time with them. As the film builds to its climax, it gains in poignancy, and the ending is a beautiful, life-affirming release. A Cannes 2020 selection.
Shai Avivi, Noam Imber, Smadar Wolfman, Efrat Ben Zur, Amir Feldman, Sharon Zelikovsky
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Nir Bergman was born in Haifa, Israel in 1969. He graduated with honors from the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in Jerusalem, where he now teaches. His debut film, Broken Wings (2002), won several international awards and was distributed by Sony Classics in the US. Since then, Bergman has written and directed several award-winning features and successful TV series, among them In Treatment, which was later adapted by HBO.
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Broken Wings (2002); Intimate Grammar (2010); Yona (2014)