In just 14 minutes, Avraham Heffner’s short film successfully refines the confession of a quarrel and reconciliation between an ageing couple in late 1960s Tel Aviv. The heroine’s omnipresent, stream-of-consciousness narration provides a harsh account of life together. And though it is a short film, Slow Down was nonetheless hailed a harbinger of a new style of Israeli filmmaking and storytelling, while director Avraham Heffner himself admitted it was his favourite film. Based on a short story by Simone de Beauvoir (L’âge de discretion).
Director: Avraham Heffner. AKA Slow Down.
Writers: Avraham Heffner, Simone de Beauvoir.
Stars: Avraham Ben-Yosef, Fanny Lubitsch.
Cinematographer: Adam Greenberg.
1968? Venice Film Festival – Winner of Award for Best Short Film.
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