Or, My Treasure (2004) from Tuna

Or (2004) AKA My Treasure, AKA Mon trésor, is an Israeli/French "coming of age" story shot on location in Tel Aviv,. The central character, named Or, is a likeable and attractive 18 year old high school girl who works part time at night as a dishwasher. The real challenge in her life is her mother, who is a street hooker and every bit the run-down whore. Mom is not making good decisions, so Or is trying desperately to take care of her and get her off of the streets. The girl finds her mother a housecleaning job, and even tries locking her inside their apartment, but mom just keeps going back to hooking. Or finally makes a tragic decision when mom comes home hemorrhaging after a night on the streets, and the mother of Or's boyfriend suggests that Or is not worthy of dating her son.

While the storyline is certainly sensational, the film is in no way to be considered exploitation. Mother and daughter share some nice moments, and the story is told rather calmly, letting the plot speak for itself.

It is directed perfectly, getting the best out of the cast, and not getting in the way of the wonderful writing. Both Ronit Elkabetz (mom) and Dana Ivgy (Or) gave brilliant performances. These days, I have a low tolerance for tragedy. I have seen enough of that in real life, and generally go for films with happy endings. This was a big exception. I felt like I knew these women, and really cared what happened to them. Yes, it requires reading subtitles, and is totally character-driven, but it is acted and directed so expertly that none of that matters.



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Dana Ivgy shows breasts in three scenes, including a long bath scene in good light, and buns near the end of the film.

Ronit Elkabitz shows breasts in two scenes.

The Critics Vote ...

  • It premiered at Cannes, and won five awards, and a total of 10 awards world-wide, including best Israeli feature and best actress to Dana Ivgy. It received awards and nominations in acting, direction, screenwriting and cinematography

The People Vote ...

The meaning of the IMDb score: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence equivalent to about three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, comparable to approximately two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, equivalent to about a two star rating from the critics, or a C- from our system. Films rated below five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film - this score is roughly equivalent to one and a half stars from the critics or a D on our scale. (Possibly even less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. (C+ means it has no crossover appeal, but will be considered excellent by genre fans, while C- indicates that it we found it to be a poor movie although genre addicts find it watchable). D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well. Any film rated C- or better is recommended for fans of that type of film. Any film rated B- or better is recommended for just about anyone. We don't score films below C- that often, because we like movies and we think that most of them have at least a solid niche audience. Now that you know that, you should have serious reservations about any movie below C-.

Based on this description, it's a B-. Such a strong movie that it can even persuade people who approach it cynically.

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