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The Other Son (2012)



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"The Other Son" is the moving and provocative tale of two young men -- one Israeli, the other Palestinian -- who discover they were accidentally switched at birth, and the complex repercussions facing them and their respective families. (c) Cohen Media

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All Critics (52) | Top Critics (24)

It is easy to imagine other, darker, results after the opening accident, but Levy's film, pitched firmly as if it were the only possibility, makes it seem so.

June 17, 2013 | Full Review…

The actors are all excellent, the storytelling compassionate, and the overall sense one takes from the film is more humane than political.

December 14, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Lévy generally succeeds in creating a compelling, humanistic family drama, even if some viewers may reject the movie's final note of optimism.

November 2, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

In the end, it seems, this is not a story about two families, and two lands. It's a story about one family, and one world.

October 26, 2012 | Rating: 3/4

Levy handles with aplomb what could easily have been a messy mix of emotions and politics.

October 26, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The intention here is plain - we are all human, we can all be family - but Levy weaves the mix of identity crises, cultural mingling and common ground slyly.

October 26, 2012 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Other Son

A compelling drama that relies on the charisma of its two main characters and the way they deal with a delicate situation, but it leaves some loose ends and tries too obviously to make a statement, ending on a rather frustrating, optimistic note.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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An intriguing, well acted story about two boys accidentally switched at birth, and how they and their families discover the truth after one of them applies to be in the military. This is a fascinating coming of age movie concerning identity, religion, politics, and allegiance to one's country, and how to deal with an impossible situation with no simple solution. As said, the acting is really solid, and the handle director Lorraine Levy has on his material is evident. The story hits a few lulls once in a while, but for most of its running time it is arresting, original, and ultimately pretty heart-breaking, even though it ends as positively as it possibly can given the circumstances of the boys and their families.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

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Nice movie. Very touching. Good lessons for everyone...rather quickly done ending, though. Hate when they do that.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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