Fanning the flames

The film Fire Birds is both a black comedy – a twist on the many Israeli movies about Holocaust survivors haunted by their past – and a more conventional detective thriller. The movie works best in its comic mode but gets bogged down when it switches to the detective plot to unravel a mystery that is pretty clear from the beginning.

The comic side of the film is what you will remember. It’s about Amikam (Oded Teomi), a con artist who poses as a Holocaust survivor so he can eat well at shivas and romance the widows.


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