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A Tale of Love and Darkness

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning SDH

Natalie Portman

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About the Movie

Academy Award®-winning actress Natalie Portman directs and stars in the emotional and thought-provoking story about Fania, a young wife and mother in war-torn Jerusalem, during the early years of the State of Israel. Stifled in her relationship and weary from the tedium of her new life, Fania creates fantastical stories for Amos, her 10-year-old son, amazing him with tales of adventure and beauty - stories that would influence the boy to become a writer himself. Based on the international best-selling memoir by Amos Oz, A Tale of Love and Darkness is "the most revolutionary Jewish movie since Schindler’s List" (Stephen Marche, Esquire).

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 58
  • Fresh: 39
  • Rotten: 19
  • Average Rating: 6.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Despite the geopolitical momentousness - and present-day potency - of its concerns, it's an elegant and intimate movie, a thing of nostalgic whispers and sighs rather than polemical slogans and shouts. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Aug 18, 2016

Fresh: Tonally, the film doesn't quite match with the universality of Oz's shimmering prose. Yet Portman's evocation of this world has a strange, captivating pull. – Joe McGovern, Entertainment Weekly, Aug 19, 2016

Fresh: Every frame of A Tale of Love and Darkness reflects Natalie Portman's passionate striving and her grieving heart. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Aug 20, 2016

Rotten: "A Tale of Love and Darkness" is a dead film, an eminently worthy corpse. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Aug 24, 2016

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Customer Reviews

Beautiful Portrait of Motherhood

Visual poetry. Quiet and powerfully moving. Outstanding directorial debut. Filled with the small, beautiful things that shape our lives. Vivid and lovely -- like music. Outstanding, subtle commentary on war and peace, love and commitment. Gorgeous.

Lovely maybe.. if you speak Hebrew

No thanks


Very depressing