Zohi Sdom

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Zohi Sdom
Directed byMuli Segev and Adam Sanderson
Produced byMoshe Edri
Leon Edri
Avi Nir
David Zilber
Muli Segev
Avi Nesher
Written byMuli Segev
Asaf Shalmon
David Lipschitz
StarringEli Finish
Dov Navon
Assi Cohen
Music byRan Shem Tov
CinematographyGiora Bih
Edited byRon Omer
Yaron Shilon
Release date
  • August 5, 2010 (2010-08-05)
CountryIsrael
LanguageHebrew
Aramaic

Zohi Sdom (Hebrew: זוהי סדום‎, lit. This is Sodom) is an Israeli comedy feature film released on August 5, 2010. It was conceived and created by the team behind the television programme, Eretz Nehederet, and directed by Muli Segev and Adam Sanderson. According to official figures, the movie was the most-watched Israeli film in the 25 years preceding it, with over half a million local tickets sold.[1]

The film is a comical depiction of the Biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah. It is centered on the families of Lot, the only righteous man in Sodom, and Bera the king of Sodom.

Plot[edit]

The film starts with God (Eyal Kitzis) meeting Abraham (Moti Kirschenbaum) to sell monotheism. After Abraham declines, God promises to end Abraham's theft problem by destroying the city of Sodom, where the thieves are coming from, within three days. Abraham asks God to get his nephew Lot (Dov Navon) out of the city before he destroys it. God replays the command to his subordinates Raphael (Yuval Semo) and Michael (Maor Cohen).

Lot runs a lottery stall and collects the proceeds toward building a cultural center for Sodom's children. Lot's wife (Tal Friedman) is a former pop singer whose career went downhill after she married Lot. They have a single daughter, Charlotte (Alma Zak). Sodom is run by Bera (Eli Finish) the king of Sodom, a corrupt dictator surrounded by yes men, who has two sons—the elder and successful Ninveh (Assi Cohen) and the younger and stupid Liam (Mariano Idelman).

When Bera accidentally finds out that Sodom is about to be destroyed and Lot saved, he concocts a plan to switch places with Lot, as the archangels set to destroy the city had never actually seen Lot. He sends his elder son to seduce Charlotte, but to his chagrin his son falls in love. Bera tells Lot that he is ill and needs to get away from his usual surroundings, so they change places. As Lot takes the role of king, he becomes conceited and forgets his plans to help the children of Sodom.

Bera finds out that Ninveh plans to betray him for the sake of Charlotte, and has Ninveh imprisoned. He instead decides to wed his younger son Liam to Charlotte. Ninveh escapes and crashes the wedding, telling the guests that there is no food, so they start to riot. He tells everyone that Sodom is about to be destroyed, and Lot and Bera make their escape with their families. On their way out they are met by Raphael and Michael, who would only let Lot pass, but both Lot and Bera pretend to be Lot. Lot's wife betrays her husband and supports Bera. The angels propose splitting Lot's wife in two as in Solomon's Judgement, but even though Lot cares more about her, they assume that Bera is in fact Lot, and let him escape with Lot's wife.

Sodom is then blown up with dynamite, which Abraham witnesses and signs the contract with God. However, while it makes a big blast, no damage is done, and God tells his angels that it was a ploy to swindle Abraham into signing the contract. Bera brings Abraham the money from the wedding, and the latter accepts him into the family, while Lot remains to rule Sodom. It is shown that Sodom later moves to a more lucrative real estate location—Tel Aviv.

Cast[edit]

Character Actor
Bera, the king of Sodom Eli Finish
Lot Dov Navon
Ninveh, Bera's eldest son Assi Cohen
Liam, Bera's younger son Mariano Idelman
Lot's wife Tal Friedman
Charlotte, Lot's daughter Alma Zack
Archangel Raphael Yuval Semo
Archangel Michael Maor Cohen
God Eyal Kitzis
Abraham Moti Kirschenbaum
Isaac, Ishmael Mariano Idelman
Hagar Orna Banai

Reception[edit]

The film received mostly average to negative reviews. Critics cited the relative lack of satire, which characterized the Eretz Nehederet show, low level humor, and a very loose interpretation of the Biblical story. It was panned by Ma'ariv as being an elaborate PR stunt for Keshet TV.[2] However, Pnai Plus praised it as one of the most well-planned Israeli comedies in recent decades, with a good humoristic flow and a high concentration of good jokes.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Abramovich, Yuval (October 8, 2010). "The Malik of Laughter" (in Hebrew). Israel HaYom. p. 12. Retrieved May 7, 2012.
  2. ^ Shnitzer, Meir (August 6, 2010). "And Avi Nir Said: Review of Zohi Sdom". nrg Ma'ariv (in Hebrew). Retrieved May 7, 2012.
  3. ^ "Zohi Sdom, Review". Pnai Plus (in Hebrew). August 4, 2010. Retrieved May 7, 2012.

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