Natalie Portman’s love for Amos Oz’s A Tale of Love and Darkness, which she has adapted into her first movie as director, shines through in every frame of the film. This movie captures the spirit of Oz’s memoir and also of much of his previous work.
Portman, who adapted the book for the screen and who starred, in addition to directing, could not have chosen a more daunting work for her first project behind the camera. The book A Tale of Love and Darkness is long, detailed, idiosyncratic and moving. It tells the story of Oz’s childhood in prestate Jerusalem, during the War of Independence and his move to a kibbutz as a teen, all in the context of the birth of the State of Israel.