The Other Son


The Other Son is the moving and provocative tale of two young men – one Israeli, the other Palestinian – who discover they were accidentally switched at birth, and the complex repercussions for themselves and their respective families. Joseph (Jules Sitruk), an 18-year-old musician preparing to join the Israeli army, lives at home in a comfortable suburb of Tel Aviv with his parents, French physician Orith (Emmanuelle Devos) and Israeli army commander Alon Silbers (Pascal ElbĂ©). A blood test for Joseph’s military service reveals that he is not their biological son; during the Gulf War Joseph was evacuated from a clinic along with another baby; both were given back to the wrong families. While the Palestinian Joseph went to Tel Aviv with the Silbers, their actual Jewish son, Yacine (Medhi Dehbi) was brought to the West Bank by an Arab couple. The revelation turns the lives of the two families upside-down, forcing them to reassess their respective identities, values and beliefs. (Dir. by Lorraine Levy, 2012, France, in French with English subtitles, 105 min., Rated PG-13, Cohen Media Group) 35mm & HD Digital Presentation