Past Life

Drama; Rated NR;  109M, 2017. SUBTITLED IN ENGLISH

The year is 1977 and no female has ever been a renowned classical music composer. Sephi Milch, a very determined and talented young woman, aspires to a career as a classical composer, but she knows the odds are against her. In spite of this, she is dead set on changing the course of history and succeeding in the male-dominated classical music world. Her struggle with the burden of history is not only limited to her artistic life – as the daughter of troubled Holocaust survivors she also has to deal with a sudden revelation from the past that threatens to tear her family apart. Nana Milch – Sephi’s older sister and bitter rival, a scandal sheet journalist and an aspiring playwright – considers this startling revelation an opportunity to free herself from the stranglehold of her parents’ past. Sephi is weary of her sister’s tendency to look for trouble, but in this case she has no choice but to join Nana’s quest for the truth.


“Past Life is straight-ahead filmmaking heightened by a connection to a pervasive Israeli reality not often found on film.” – Kenneth Turan, LA Times

“Avi Nesher’s brilliant, haunting Past Life may be his best film yet — and that’s saying a lot.” – Hannah Brown, Jerusalem Post

“A striking and thought-provoking picture.” -Glenn Kenny,

“Its improbable story gives breath to the burden of fate on those living with a past unreconciled.” -Peter Goldberg, Slant Magazine

“A page turner! Always compelling” – Ben Kenigserg, The New York Times




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