New from Solzy at the Movies by Danielle Solzman: Chicago Film Festival 2018: Echo

The Israeli film, Echo, shows the lengths that a husband will go when he starts to suspect that his wife is cheating on him.

Perhaps it may not be the best idea to turn to spying in your own home.  Whatever the case, this is what Avner (Yoram Toledano) does when he starts to get the idea that his wife, Ella (Yaël Abecassis), is cheating on him.  This takes Avner to the extremes by recording his own wife’s conversations on the phone.  Like, really?!?  Why not hire a private detective or go to marital counseling instead?  Regardless of which, the trust in their relationship is gone!

It’s through the recordings where Avner learns that maybe Ella isn’t the woman he thought he married.  As anyone can tell you, communication is key for any relationship to survive.  The Ella that comes through in the recordings comes off as someone else entirely to Avner.

The film comes from a pair of directors/screenwriters, Amikam Kovner and Assaf Snir.  It’s the first feature for Snir and the second for Kovner.  Because of this, the Israeli film screened in the New Directors Competition.  The film shows quite a bit of promise on their part with some strong performances from actors Yoram Toledano and Guri Alfi.  I’ll be looking forward to seeing what else they do in the future.

DIRECTORS/SCREENWRITERS:  Amikam Kovner & Assaf Snir
CAST:  Yoram Toledano, Yaël Abecassis, Guri Alfi

Echo (Hed) screened during the 2018 Chicago International Film Festival.

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