The Toronto Jewish Film Festival, a virtual festival of course in this insidious time of COVID , goes beyond its time limits to present an “encore presentation” of a couple of films. One of them is “The End of Love” which deals with a Skype relationship between Israeli photographer Yuval and his wife Julie. Julie is in Paris and Yuval in Tel Aviv.
They have a child Lenny. Yuval tries to get a visa to visit France and his family but one gets the sense he is more comfortable in Israel than he would be in France.
Julie and Yuval struggle to maintain the relationship via Skype but it is strained. A long-distance relationship runs out of gas virtually! After having finished 14 hours of a mindfulness certification course on Zoom this week-end it works well but for an intimate personal relationship the virtual relationship breaks down as how can parenting happen in this fashion? It slowly disintegrates. Take a course virtually or a meeting or two and virtual is fine but a personal relationship like marriage and marital relationships can’t survive the need for personal contact and in this case they collapse.
An interesting film that might have passed unnoticed had not it been for the virtual relationships imposed upon many of us in these COVID times.
This film won the Micki Moore Award in the Toronto Jewish Film Festival for 2020. A film for its time? A lucky insertion into a COVID virtual unreality reality?
A painful disintegration of a personal relationship based upon Yuval’s stubborn insistence in remaining in Israel.
Poor son Lenny caught in the middle as a victim of the inability or willingness of parents unwilling to make the sacrifice to make it work.
This encore presentation will be available November 22 and 23 virtually.
It is a 90-minute film directed by Keren Ben Rafael.
It is a Franco-Israeli production with Hebrew, French and English with English subtitles.
For a trailer and details how to see the film https://tjff.com/films/the-end-of-love/