Broken Wings is
a contemporary story set in Israel, in the city of Haifa (the
city of the director).
The film opens with a young seventeen-year-old singing a
song on the roof of a building near the central railway station.
It emerges that she has composed a song, is singing it with
her boyfriend. However, all is not easy. When we see her family,
she clashes vigorously with her mother. It emerges that her
father has died nine months earlier and she blames herself
for his being accidentally stung by a bee, being allergic,
and not able to withstand the injection. Since then, she has
clashed with her mother, her mother being on night shift at
the hospital and sleeping during the day. It is September,
the opening of the school year, the youngest daughter getting
ready to go to kindergarten, the young boy very angry and
wanting to break a record by jumping into a dry pool, the
oldest boy alienated and dressing up as a mouse, handing out
leaflets in the town.
The film focuses on the relationships, the tensions and the
various reactions after the death of the father. While the
family is middle class, comfortable, and able to sustain itself,
it shows itself particularly dysfunctional and unhappy, at
times suicidal. The performances are excellent, especially
Orli Silbershatz-Banai as the harassed mother. The young Maya
Maron is Maya, the alienated daughter who confronts her mother,
runs away to record the song she composed for her father but,
in grief, is unable to complete it.
The film relates to most First-World people's lives, people
with creature comforts, but still with relationships unresolved,
seething angers bursting out, and the need for love and affirmation.