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The Other Son

HD   PG-13

Lorraine Levy

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About the Movie

As he is preparing to join the Israeli army for his national service, Joseph discovers he is not his parents’ biological son, and that he was inadvertently switched at birth with Yacine, the son of a Palestinian family from the West Bank. This revelation turns the lives of these two families upside-down, forcing them to reassess their respective identities, their values and their beliefs.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 51
  • Fresh: 41
  • Rotten: 10
  • Average Rating: 7.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Ms. Levy is rescued from her maudlin, preachy tendencies by the skill and sensitivity of the actors, who turn a wobbly parable of tolerance into a graceful and touching story of real people in a surreal situation. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Oct 25, 2012

Rotten: "The Other Son" is a case of good intentions overwhelming the inherent drama - quite simply, political correctness got the best of it – Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Oct 25, 2012

Fresh: It's hard not to feel carried along by the generously conciliatory spirit that warms The Other Son ... – Ella Taylor, NPR, Oct 25, 2012

Fresh: Levy generally succeeds in creating a compelling, humanistic family drama, even if some viewers may reject the movie's final note of optimism. – Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle, Nov 2, 2012

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Customer Reviews

The Other Son

Loved this movie and would have given it five stars had it a more definitive ending. The scene of the Palestinian boy sitting on the half finished hospital? seemed to indicate he had moved to Palestine and was musing about his other half??

Loved the reactions of the parents, siblings, and friends during the play of events. It had an authentic ring. A great use of an old ploy to define the issues and how women and young people are more likely to solve this Gordian knot than the old men currently in charge.

A lovely movie. Plenty of heart. Much kudos to all involved.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2012

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