7.1/10
1,878
11 user 49 critic

The Farewell Party (2014)

Mita Tova (original title)
Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 22 May 2015 (USA)
Trailer
2:23 | Trailer
Residents of a retirement home build a machine for self-euthanasia in order to help their terminally ill friend, though they are faced with a series of dilemmas when rumors of the machine begin to spread.

Writers:

Tal Granit (co-writer), Sharon Maymon (co-writer)
9 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Café Derby (2015)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

1985. Georges is a born market vendor. As a driven salesman he can sell anything to any one, at any time. When he hears the Pope is coming to Belgium, he spots an opportunity. In close ... See full summary »

Director: Lenny Van Wesemael
Stars: Chloë Daxhelet, Wim Opbrouck, Monic Hendrickx
Toto the Hero (1991)
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Thomas and Alfred were born around the same time; a fire in the nursery had nurses scrambling to save the newborns. Because he felt that he deserved Alfred's good fortune at being born into... See full summary »

Director: Jaco Van Dormael
Stars: Michel Bouquet, Mireille Perrier, Jo De Backer
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

When a politician disappears, his (mad) twin brother is brought to replace him.

Director: Roberto Andò
Stars: Toni Servillo, Valerio Mastandrea, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
Gett (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

After a lukewarm marriage of over twenty years, a woman appeals to her husband's compassion to obtain the desirable divorce document in front of a court, which proves to be more challenging than she would expect.

Directors: Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz
Stars: Ronit Elkabetz, Simon Abkarian, Gabi Amrani
Fill the Void (2012)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When the older sister of Shira, an 18-year-old Hasidic Israeli, dies suddenly in childbirth, Shira must decide if she can and should marry her widowed brother-in-law, which also generates tensions within her extended family.

Director: Rama Burshtein
Stars: Hadas Yaron, Yiftach Klein, Irit Sheleg
Sweet Bean (2015)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Burdened with a heavy and ever-increasing debt, a dorayaki baker hires a kind ageing woman, after tasting her delicious surprise. Little by little, she unravels her beautiful inner world. Could she be holding the secret to his success?

Director: Naomi Kawase
Stars: Kirin Kiki, Masatoshi Nagase, Kyara Uchida
My Queen Karo (2009)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A young girl witnesses the moral dilemmas of free love when her parents join a squatter community in 1970s Amsterdam.

Director: Dorothée Van Den Berghe
Stars: Anna Franziska Jaeger, Déborah François, Matthias Schoenaerts
Standing Tall (2015)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A juvenile judge and a special educator are convinced that they can save the young delinquent Malony from himself and his violent ways.

Director: Emmanuelle Bercot
Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Rod Paradot, Benoît Magimel
Offline I (2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

After seven years in prison, Rudy Vandekerckhove has set himself two clear objectives: get back to work as a washing machine repairman, and - more importantly - become reconciled with the ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Monsaert
Stars: Wim Willaert, Anemone Valcke, Mourade Zeguendi
The Farewell (1982)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Director: Tuija-Maija Niskanen
Stars: Carl-Axel Heiknert, Kerstin Tidelius, Pirkko Nurmi
In Between (2016)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Three Palestinian women living in an apartment in Tel Aviv try to find a balance between traditional and modern culture.

Director: Maysaloun Hamoud
Stars: Mouna Hawa, Sana Jammelieh, Shaden Kanboura
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ze'ev Revach ... Yehezkel
Levana Finkelstein ... Levana (as Levana Finkelshtein)
Aliza Rosen ... Yana
Ilan Dar ... Dr. Daniel
Raffi Tavor ... Raffi Segal (as Rafi Tabor)
Yosef Carmon ... Carmon (as Josef Carmon)
Hilla Sarjon ... Noa (as Hilla Surjon)
Ruth Geller ... Zelda
Michael Koresh Michael Koresh ... Menachem
Idit Teperson ... Ziva
Shmuel Wolf ... Max (as Samuel Wolf)
Kobi Maimon ... Policeman (as Kobi Maymon)
Hanna Rieber ... Klara Lemberg (as Hanna Reiber)
Jameel Khoury ... Hospital Doctor
Ilanit Dado Ilanit Dado ... Hospital Nurse (as Illanit Dado Lansky)
Edit

Storyline

THE FAREWELL PARTY is a compassionate dark comedy about friendship and knowing when to say goodbye. A group of friends at a Jerusalem retirement home build a machine for self-euthanasia in order to help their terminally ill friend. When rumors of the machine begin to spread, more and more people ask for their help, and the friends are faced with an emotional dilemma. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Israel | Germany

Language:

Hebrew | Italian

Release Date:

22 May 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Festa de Despedida See more »

Filming Locations:

Jerusalem, Israel

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,616, 24 May 2015

Gross USA:

$172,860

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$951,531
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Referenced in A Wonderful Country: Episode #12.13 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Eretz Lahadam
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
It's time to laugh in the face of death
26 September 2016 | by ctowyiSee all my reviews

There are not many films that will make me ponder about my mortality. Sitting in the old- school cinema of The Projector last night, I think only Departures (2008) made me do that. About what exactly? About whether my life journey up to that point has yielded dividends in terms of significant milestones and character building; about whether I have laid the path ahead of me; about whether I have enriched my own life so that I can enrich others who crossed my path; about my legacy. Departures changed my life. Since then no other films have come along to make me contemplate the deeper aspects of my mortality. That is until last night.

The Farewell Party (2014) opened the Israeli Film Festival here and what a film it was. I found myself laughing so hard at the antics and ideas, but I think I got ahead of myself here. The story is about a group of old friends living in a retirement home for old folks. Life is hard when they see their friends slowly dying from debilitating diseases. So a tinkerer tinkers out a self-euthanising machine to put the choice of life or death in the hands of terminally ill patients. Soon the rumours of the machine spread and more people ask for their help. The group of friends are now faced with a life and death dilemma.

I think this gem of a film is what it means to laugh in the face of death. From the get go scene of a woman getting a phone call from God, me and my friends and a near full-house audience were laughing till our sides hurt. This is not rude humour of the Hollywood kind but sensitive and compassionate. By tackling the difficult theme of euthanasia through comedy, it provides a way into a labyrinthine can of worms. It feels real and genuine, not made up to gain sympathies. The tone is deftly maintained from the first scene to the last with nary a misstep. Nothing is overcooked; everything timed perfectly. It is warm and comforting; like snuggling underneath a warm blanket with your significant other in cold weather. There is joy coupled with deep sadness. Get ready to laugh through streaming tears.

The writing is marvellous and effortless in a sense that the two writer-directors must have written this from a deep place of hurts but yet it doesn't want to wring your emotions dry. It rises above the common denominator and glides from scene to scene like an angel on wings. It is thorough but never exhausting. It dares to ask hard questions but never forces its ideas down your throat. Get ready to debate after the movie because you will want to. The acting by the ensemble cast is amazing. Watch out for a scene in which they wear nothing just to cheer a friend up. The exquisite balancing act is sheer masterclass. Not many directors would be able this pull it off and I think you really need to be an amazing human being to be able to do this, and we got two here.

Tal Granit and Sharon Maymon were there last night with an illuminating post-film discussion. Their talk was candid, heartfelt and they shared from a deep place. I had a chance to talk to them later about a scene in which the actors did a song number that felt like the only misstep for me and you know what... their explanation convinced me it wasn't. Love the film; love them.


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 11 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed