38 year-old Alice passes her days in sleep. Her night-shift work at a residential rehabilitation school gives her an easy excuse, covering up her emotional erosion and numbness.
A Film by: Dana Goldberg
(Israel, 2012, 82 Minutes, Color, Hebrew, English subtitles, Cast: Ilanit Ben Yaakov, Darya Sheizaf, Neta Bar Refael, Amos Shouv, Haim Znati, Itai Naveh)
Alice, 38, spends her days sleeping.Working nights at a rehabilitation center provides her an accessible excuse that conceals fatigue and emotional apathy. Yigal, Alice's husband, feels lonely and tormented by her chilly attitude, while his pent up anger gradually heightens. Eli, her 9 year old son, is desperate for her love.
The rehabilitation center houses and treats thirty young women who have suffered emotional crisis. Alice prefers as little communication as possible with the girls and performs only the basic demands of her job: Handing out medication, supervising meals and overseeing shower time. After lights out, in her small room in the staff area, Alice meets Yoel, her lover. On the narrow single bed, a passion for another kind of life, for what might have been, is aroused.
The girls' volcanic emotional world reflects how desolate Alice's life is in contrast. Thus, she cannot remain on the sidelines for too long. The confrontations of a dominant young woman on the one hand and the dependence of another, hurl her into a power triangle that will have devastating consequences.
FESTIVALS & SCREENINGS
• Jerusalem International Film Festival 2012- Winner of the Best Screenplay Award, Best Actress Award (Ilanit Ben Yaacov) and Honorable Mention for Best Full-Length Feature Film
Goldberg, who directed and wrote Alice, was awarded Most Promising Director at the Women's Film Festival in Rehovot, '09.