“DRIVER”— Lost Childhoods


Lost Childhoods

Amos Lassen

“Driver” is the debut fiction film by Yehonatan Indursky. It is set in Bnei Brak, an important centre of Judaism. The “driver”, Nahman Ruzumni (Moshe Folkenflick), is a father who earns his living by begging at night in the neighborhood at some of the wealthiest members of the community. He also teaches others how to beg and he appeals to thepity and the wallets of the wealthy with his stories. We watch as Ruzumni teaches one of his clients (since they give him a commission on what they earn) how to skillfully play his cards as a beggar and make the most of a sad story. Religion is inseparable from social life of the city. The heart of the story is between Ruzumni and his daughter (Manuel Elkaslassy).

The Driver takes his daughter on his nightly journey, exposing her to the more questionable members of this pious society. In the dark alleys of Bnei Barak they each find, even if for a short moment, their lost childhoods.

Those he teaches give him a cut of the money and he records their stories in his notebook. He spends the rest of his nights in makeshift casinos and dining halls with the more questionable members of this pious society. When his wife leaves suddenly, Ruzumni is faced with the responsibility of his nine year old daughter. Now Ruzumni takes his daughter on his nightly journey exposing her, for the first time to his world.

Getting to know his daughter Ruzumni remembers  the only story he could never tell…his own.


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