A Strange Course of Events

Synopsis: Forty-something Saul is a melancholic dreamer, with a tendency to run whenever things go wrong. He returns to Haifa one day for a reckoning with the father he has not seen in five years. But getting along with an airy-fairy mother-in-law with a penchant for new age, a daughter on the verge of adolescence and a father who's been converted to Yoga is not easy. After a fateful slip, Saul will find his place as son, a father and more.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Raphaël Nadjari
Production: Vito Films
  1 nomination.
98 min

Excuse me.

Excuse me.


I have a prescription

for this medication

and my wife's insurance card.

- Where's your wife?

- She is with the doctor.

As soon as she comes out,

come back with your wife,

and I'll give you -

I've been waiting for two hours.

I don't have the authority

to give you medicine without -

without a doctor's approval.

Had you given me the medicine on time,

I might not have had to bring my wife here.

- Give me the medicine.

- I understand, sir, really.

Give me the medicine!

Come on.

Please sit down, sir.

You spilled my coffee and -

- Please sit down.

- I get it. I'm sure the doctor will help.

No, excuse me. Excuse me.

Excuse me, sir,

you can't see the doctor now!

Please sit down.

Please. Give me that

and sit down, sir.

I'm very sorry,

you have to wait like everyone else.


Respiratory problems

Allergy to penicillin

I'm going to see the doctor,

I'll be right back.

Dr. Livne.

Shaul, I'm with a patient.

It's urgent.

Her husband just gave me

this prescription.

She's allergic to penicillin,

and they gave her Moxypen.

- It's a mistake.

- Alrig ht.

We check for those things anyway.

Thank you.

It could be really dangerous.

Fine, we'll wait for her to come out,

and we'll do whatever the doctor says.

Hi, Dad.


Are you busy?

I'm on my way to Haifa.



No, I can't.

I can either come now or-



Center, fine.

I don't know.

I can walk. I'll be fine.

- These are reserved seats.

- Dad, I have to hang up.

If you'd like,

you can add 5 shekels and sit here,

or you can move to the other car.

- Regular seats.

- No, no, I -

This train will stop at Binyamina, Atlit,

Haifa Carmel Beach, Haifa-Bat Galim,


Hi, Dad, I'm here.

In an hour?

Fine, I'll find it.

Okay, I'll -

I'll wait.



I'd like an espresso and...

the pastrami sandwich.

Your sandwich. Anything else?

Thank you.

- Is everything alright?

- Yes, thank you.

How about putting him on a leash?

Come here, Ofra.


Come here.

Sit, good dog. Good dog.

The tree doesn't move,

it's stable

and strong.

Rain falls,

the water seeps into the ground.

Take a deep breath,

and while you exhale

roll back slowly onto your back.

Loosen your hands and feet...

and feel the tree's roots

spreading inside the earth.

Feel the tree's inner warmth

burning inside it.

Feel the tree branches spreading out,

life emerging through the branches,

the leaves, the flowers.

Feel the heat spreading

inside your body

and breathe.

See you next week.

Thank you.

- Shimon, how do you feel?

- Great, it was great.

See that guy over there?

He's my son.

Are you alright?


- You work here?

- Yes, I do.

The building is very unique.

It's circular.

- I sat at the coffee shop upstairs.

- You sat here?

This is a shopping center, but...

there are an activities here.

The owner is an an lover.

We'll be getting a new sculpture.

Do you like an?


Nothing to do with it.

What about Ronit?

Is she alright?

We broke up two years ago.

It didn't work out.

And your little girl?

- Third grade?

- Eight years old.


In here.


I'm so happy to meet you.

- Nice to meet you.

- Nice to meet you.

His daughter is in the third grade.

- Is that Michal?

- Yes.


She's wonderful.

Let's go get a bite to eat.

There's a great restaurant upstairs.

No, no, I'm very tired.

I have to rest.

- Do you still live in the apartment?

- Of course I do.

Bati has her place, and I have mine.

Why don't you take a nap, and -

and later we'll - I'll close -

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Raphaël Nadjari

Raphaël Nadjari (Hebrew: רפאל נדג'ארי‬; born 1971) is a French-Israeli writer and director for film and television. In 1993, Nadjari started working for French television as a writer and director. In 1997, he wrote the television screenplay Le P'tit Bleu, which was directed by Francois Vautier for Arte as part of the TV drama collection Petits Gangsters. The same year he wrote and directed his first US feature, The Shade (released in 1999), which starred Richard Edson, Lorie Marino, and Jeff Ware. It was an adaptation of A Gentle Creature by Dostoevsky that Nadjari updated, setting it in contemporary New York City. This film was an official selection for Un Certain Regard at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival and also appeared at the Deauville Film Festival; the film was awarded in Bergamo Film Festival (Italy). At the end of 1999, Nadjari directed his second feature, I Am Josh Polonski's Brother (2001). Starring Richard Edson and Jeff Ware, it was shot on Super 8 mm film in New York. The film opened in Paris on June 6, 2001, and was selected for the Forum for New Cinema at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2001. The same year, Nadjari shot the film Apartment #5c in New York; it was released in 2002. The film starred Richard Edson and Tinkerbell, an Israeli actress, and was selected in Cannes' Director's Forthnight. In 2004, Nadjari filmed Avanim in Tel Aviv with Asi Levi who has been nominated for Best Actress in the European Film Award. The film received also the Best Film award in Cinéma Tous Ecrans and the Best Director award in the Cannes 2005 France Culture Award, Awards at the Seville Film Festival. In 2006 Tehilim was set in Jerusalem and stars Michael Moushanov and Limor Goldstein, two prominent figures of Israeli television and theatre; it has been shown at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival in the Official Selection and won the Tokyo Filmex Best Film Award the same year. In 2009, his documentary A History of Israeli Cinema, a two-episode film of 104 minutes each, telling the story of Israeli Cinema since 1933 until today, was screened at the Berlin film festival forum.In 2013, A Strange Course of Events, a film set in Haifa was screened in the Directors' Fortnight section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.Nadjari's 2016 film Night Song (Mobile étoile) won the Tobias Spencer Award (in the Between Jewish and Israeli Identity competition) at the Haifa International Film Festival. more…

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