FROM WITHIN ONE OF THE WORLD'S OLDEST CONFLICTS EMERGES
A STIRRING AND HOPEFUL TALE OF IDENTITIES LOST AND FOUND
The Other Son
The Thoughtful Drama About Israelis and Palestinians, Featuring a Remarkable International Cast, Hits Blu-ray & DVD on March 19, 2013 From Cohen Media Group
"An extraordinary film" - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times "One of the best dramas of the year" - Billy Tatum, Paste magazine
Two young men from opposite sides of a bitter social and religious divide discover that they are really not who they were brought up to be in the powerful drama The Other Son. Lorraine Levy's award-winning film arrives on high-definition Blu-ray from Cohen Media Group on March 19, 2013, with SRPs, respectively, of $29.98 and $24.98.
The Other Son, a Cohen Media Group theatrical release, earned more than $1.2 million at the U.S. box office and won the Best Director award at the 2012 Tokyo International Film Festival. Both the Blu-ray and DVD editions contain a wealth of bonus materials, including a making-of featurette, deleted scenes and blooper reel. The DVD features 5.1 Dolby Digital sound, while the Blu-ray has DTS-HD Master Audio.
The sterling cast also includes Emmanuelle Devos(Coco Before Chanel, Wild Grass), Pascal Elbe(London Mon Amour, Cherry on the Cake), Khalifa Natour (The Band's Visit) and Areen Omari (Laila's Birthday).
As he is preparing to join the Israeli army for his national service, Tel Aviv resident Joseph (Jules Sitruk, Nos resistances)discovers he is not his parents' biological son, and that he was inadvertently switched at birth with Yacine (Mehdi Dehbi, the upcoming Mary, Queen of Scots), the son of a Palestinian family from the West Bank. At the time of the boys' birth during the first Gulf War, a missile attack forced the hospital's evacuation, and in the confusion, the boys were sent home with the wrong parents. Now, 18 years later, this revelation turns the lives of two families upside down, forcing them to reassess their identities, their values and their beliefs.
Writer-director Lorraine Levy (London Mon Amour) and co-writer Nathalie Saugeon focus on how the young men and their families deal with the situation, with awkward visits among newfound relatives across the border and arguments within the families about years spent harboring an "enemy." Because Joseph is now not technically Jewish, his military service is canceled; Yacine considers leaving his family to take advantage of the opportunities allowed on the other side of the Jewish-Palestinian divide.
But not all of the revelations are negative: the musically inclined Joseph apparently takes after his biological father in that respect, and Yacine, who has been studying medicine in Paris, learns that his biological mother did the same thing.
Walter Addiego of the San Francisco Chronicle called The Other Son "a compelling, humanistic family drama." Bloomberg News' Craig Seligman called it "remarkable, a rare film." Stephen Whitty of the Newark Star-Ledger said, "Particularly fine is Emmanuelle Devos, the veteran actress who plays [Joseph's] mother, and whose character suffuses this film with hope." Kelly Vance of East Bay Express called the film "a provocative, moving social drama, superbly thought out and well acted by its cast." The film, said Newsday's Anderson, "manages to touch both the heart and the head."
About Cohen Media Group (www.cohenmedia.net)
Formed in 2008 by Charles S. Cohen, an executive producer of multiple Academy Award nominee Frozen River, the COHEN MEDIA GROUP, LLC (CMG) produces and distributes select films throughout North America. Current and upcoming CMG releases include Lorraine Levy's The Other Son (winner of the Grand Prize and Best Director prize at the 2012 Tokyo International Film Festival); French director Francois Ozon's thriller In The House (San Sebastian Film Festival's winner of the Golden Shell and Best Screenplay award; Spain's official entry to the Academy awards, Blancanieves; Fernando Trueba's The Artist and the Model, starring Jean Rochefort and Claudia Cardinale; and Lebanese director Ziad Doueiri's The Attack, based on the international best-selling book by Yasmina Khadra. http://cohenmedia.net/
The Other Son
Street date: March 19, 2013
Prebook: February 5, 2013
SRP: $29.98 (Blu-ray), $24.98 (DVD)
Running time: 105 minutes
In French, Hebrew, Arabic and English, with English subtitles
DVD extras: Making-of featurette, deleted scenes, bloopers
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News Editor March 18, 2013, 7:03 am