Here We Are

Dir. Nir Bergman | 92 min
Narrative Israel, Italy 2020
Hebrew with English subtitles

Nir Bergman’s (Broken Wings, Intimate Grammar) soulful drama touches on family ties, the rights of the differently abled, and the sadness of aging.

Aharon (Shai Avivi) is a stubborn, proud, and aging divorcé; Uri (Noam Imber) is his charming and autistic son. The two have lived a harmonious life together for years, but time is catching up with them: Uri is now an adult, and his mother is pushing for him to enter an institution and shift to more independent living. Both men are reluctant to separate: the prospect is terrifying for Uri and heartbreaking for his dad.

Here We Are is suffused with the triumphs, the sadness, and the quiet moments of tenderness that make up so much of our lives. Bergman portrays an unusual father-son bond without putting a foot wrong; Uri and Aharon are vivid, finely-limned human presences, and it’s a pleasure to spend time with them. As the film builds to its climax, it becomes more poignant, and the ending is a beautiful, life-affirming release.

A Cannes 2020 and Toronto International Film Festival 2020 selection.

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