Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai doesn’t seem to have a career so much these days as a mission. It would be difficult for this ambassador of his nation’s cinema to break away from Capital-t Topics at this point, but his lugubriousness as a filmmaker indicates that he believes in his own cause as much as his admirers do. Long, slow single takes and tracking shots that call attention to themselves and humorless, self-consciously “penetrating” close-ups are normally the order of the day for Gitai. And this one-man film warrior has finally, with his latest, One Day You’ll Understand, made his first explicit fictional work of Holocaust remembrance. While its intimacy occasionally brings out some memorable pocket-sized moments, the film is still burdened with Gitai’s dry art-cinema tactics and narrative didacticism.
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