The Farewell Party
"I'd like to speak to God"
Classic Elsternwick - Saturday 15 August 2015, 1:30pm
Running time: 95m
Release date: 13/08/15
Cost: $10.00 (Optus Rewards)
Rating: 7.5/10 (ME 3.5/5, DP 4/5)
With the looming death of her husband Max, Yana (Aliza Rosen) seeks the help of fellow retirement home resident and inventor Yehezkel (Ze’ev Revach) to speed up his death and allow him to end his suffering. With the help of new resident and former vet Dr Daniel (Ilan Dar) and Daniel’s lover Rafi (Raffi Tavor), Yahezkel builds a suicide machine and, before long, his unique services are soon in demand. Set alongside the growing deterioration of Yahezkel’s wife Levana (Levana Finkelstein) due to dementia, the inventor faces important decisions that he isn’t ready to make.
The Farewell Party is a black comedy which sensitively balances its dark humour with greater questions about life, death, ageing and the morality of assisted suicide. The performances are excellent and intense, particularly Levana Finkelstein as a woman losing grip on the essence of who she is. Despite the content of the film, it never becomes preachy; it simply presents a moral question and pulls apart the complexity of it. There are elements of the plot that are incomplete and unresolved, but this adds to the quality of the experience. (ME)