In Hebrew with subtitles.Omer (Tomer Ilan), a Tel Aviv librarian about to turn 30, begins a relationship with Ronen (Guy Zo-Aretz), a journalist interviewing an author who claims to have been abducted by aliens that communicate with her. Danny (Yiftach Mizrahi), Omer’s ex-boyfriend who’s also dancer who has lots of sexual energy, still has feelings for Omer. Meanwhile, Omer’s lesbian sister, Shirley (Lucy Dubinchik), has fallen out of love with her older girlfriend (Liat Ekta) and would prefer to travel overseas alone. In yet another subplot, a young dance student hits on Danny. The screenplay by writer/director has some witty dialogue and interesting characters, but its dramatic tensions gradually wane because too many characters overstuff the convoluted plot which makes it messy and occasionally confusing. Any one of the subplots could have been fleshed out into a separate film, especially the subplot about the author abducted by aliens who takes Ronen and Danny to a meeting for alien abductees. Other scenes feel campy such as when actor Noam Huberman briefly shows up in drag as Danny’s mother, Shoshana. It would have been wiser had writer/director Yair Hochner not gyrated so often between so many genres and focused just on the film’s dramatic and romantic elements or at least taken the comedy further. On a positive note, he includes some stylish cinematography and imaginative editing, especially during the first 5 minutes where he effectively uses split screens during the raunchy sex scenes. Antarctica could have been more refreshing and engrossing with a more focused screenplay, but at least it manages to be mildly engaging to watch. Number of times I checked my watch: 3.
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