In the Jewish religion, a week of sitting Shiva (or mourning the deceased) is called for after a funeral. However, for Eyal and Vicky, a week is hardly enough time to properly mourn the loss of their 25-year-old son Ronnie. A married couple edging into the back half of middle age, the two find themselves reacting to the end of the Shiva in markedly different ways.
A return to routine seems to be in order for Vicky, a teacher, as she finds herself back at school trying to abruptly kick out the substitute assigned in her stead. Meanwhile, shopkeeper Eyal opts for a total abdication of routine, as he steals his dead son’s bag of medical marijuana, and proceeds to get high, play ping-pong and judge air guitar routines with his neighbor’s stoner son Zooler.
As the world refuses to accommodate Vicky and Eyal’s sensitivities during their time of bereavement – taxi drivers are still difficult, neighbors are still obnoxious, and grave diggers are just as indifferent as anyone else in the service industry – the two grieving parents find themselves acting out in outlandish ways as they attempt to regain a sense of control over their lives.
- Director: Asaph Polonsky
- Country: Israel
- Genre: Drama
- Year: 2017
- Run Time: 01:38:00
- imdb Score: 7.0/10 (270 votes)
- Language: Hebrew
- Rating: Not Rated
- Cast: Sharon Alexander, Shai Avivi, Evgenia Dodina
Ben Croll - THE WRAP
"The strength of Asaph Polonskys debut feature is that it’s actually a bittersweet comedy-drama in which the pain is as real as the frequent chuckles. "
Boyd van Hoeij - THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
"Asaph Polonsky’s moving, deceptively simple film ONE WEEK AND A DAY looks at that supremely difficult day after the shiva ends."
Hannah Brown - THE JERUSALEM POST
AFI Fest 2016
Breakthrough Audience Award
Awards of the Israeli Film Academy 2016
Best Supporting Actor
Cannes Film Festival 2016
Gan Foundation Support for Distribution
Jerusalem Film Festival 2016
Best First Film, Best Script and Best Israeli Feature
Oldenburg Film Festival 2016
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble
Karlovy Vary Int'l Film Festival 2016
Athens Film Festival 2016
Mill Valley Film Festival 2016
London Film Festival 2016
Chicago Int'l Film Festival 2016
Denver Int'l Film Festival 2016
Bratislava Int'l Film Festival 2016
Palm Springs Int'l Film Festival 2017
Portland Int'l Film Festival 2017