The Farewell Party by Sharon Maymon and Tal Granit

Genre:
Tragicomedy
Year:
2014
Language:
Hebrew
Format:
93 minutes
Starring:
Ze'ev Revach
Levana Finkelstein
Aliza Rozen
Ilan Dar
Rafi Tavor
Directed by:
Sharon Maymon
Tal Granit (THE FAREWELL PARTY)
Produced by:
2-Team Productions and Pie Films,Twenty-Twenty Vision Filmproduktion and United King Films
A bunch of geezers at an old-age house construct a self-euthanasia device to assist their dying friend end his life in dignity.

Yehezkel, age 75, living in a Jerusalem retirement home, decides to fulfill his terminally ill best friend Max's wish to die in peace. Despite the objections of his wife Levana, Yehezkel and Max's wife Yana enlist the help of Dr. Daniel, a veterinarian, and retired police officer Raffi Segal to help them with their mission. At the moment of truth when the group realize that none of them is willing to “pull the trigger”, Yehezkel builds a machine for self- euthanasia.

But after Max is gone, rumors about the machine begin to spread, and the group receives more pleas for help. Meanwhile Yehezkel refuses to face the reality of his wife's deteriorating dementia. As Yehezkel navigates between new requests for the machine, and Levana's growing dependency, boundaries begin to blur, and the moral dilemmas the group face become impossible to bear.

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