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Genre Documentary
Running Time 97 min
MPAA rating Unrated
Release Date Oct 19, 2012
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The Flat (Ha-dira)

When the filmmaker's grandmother died at the age of 98, the family came together to clean out the Tel Aviv apartment where she had lived for almost 70 years. What they found were numerous documents, an archive that revealed an incredible story about the friendship between the grandfather, Kurt Tuchler (a Zionist and Jewish lawyer) and a commander of the Third Reich, Baron Leopold von Mildenstein. Together, the Zionist and the Nazi travelled to Palestine in order to find a solution.

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Nov. 30, 2012 - Boston.com - Wesley Morris, Globe Staff

The residence in the “The Flat” belongs to the director’s grandmother, Gerda Tuchler. It’s a tastefully appointed apartment in Tel Aviv, featuring a remarkable library and an impressive collection of purses, rugs, formal gloves, and snout-to-tail fur outerwear. Her grandson Arnon Goldfinger begins his documentary not long after her death at 98, and for about half an hour, it’s helplessly cute. The family fills the space in order to empty it. Decades of a life are stuffed into garbage bags or tossed over the balcony, usually while an oboe whines, a piano twinkles, or something chimes on the soundtrack. Why do filmmakers do this? It’s not artistic or mood inducing. It’s just musical busywork.

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