Hunting Elephants

Synopsis: Three elderly men and grandson Yonatan find themselves stuck together in a Jerusalem nursing home. The kid is a genius, but stammers and is bullied at school. Yonatan's grandfather, Eliahu, whom he had never met, is a former member of the Lehi (pre-State Jewish underground), and a cold person. Eliahu's best friend from Lehi, Nick, is full of ambition and passion that will never materialize; and Eliahu's English brother-in-law, a has-been, third-rate actor in debt for 232,000 euros. There's one thing keeping them together - they all want to rob the bank that employed Yonatan's deceased father to avenge it for not paying the Yonatan's mother compensation for his dad's death, due to the "small print" in his employment contract. And they want the money to make their last wish come true.
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Reshef Levi
Production: Xlrator Media
  7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min

Stand in line. Faster.

Turn left.

Hunting Elephants

Turn right.

Don't touch each other.

He doesn't understand Hebrew,

he's English and he's senile.


- Senile.

Senile? Yes, I'm senile.

Oh, old age, the evil monster

that diluted my mind,

where is my youth?

Where is my youth?

He's an actor.

An actor, my ass.

Give it up for the actor!

I'm warning you, Nick.

Shut up,

you're ruining my lineup.

The police screwed up

from the very first lineup.

It was embarrassing.

They were so old

that they had to let them all go

because they had

urgent doctor's appointments.

Inspector Danino,

I recognize two of them

and there was another one,

a 12-year-old, Jonathan.

Let me go, Eli!


Shut up.

Oneg wants 83,

Yuval wants 90, and I...

I want 100.

You were diagnosed with

ADD and dyslexia.

The teacher won't believe

you got 100.

No, no, no...

Not my MP3 player!

I have dyslexia

but at least I don't stutter.

Fill out the test.

Hello, this is Banila

the English teacher's son,

can you call my mother?

It's urgent.

Can you get her, please?

It's urgent.

Yuval, 40.


Oneg, 36.

Eli, 18.


You misspelled your own name.

I deliberately made mistakes,

to screw them.

In my 40 years

in the school system

you're definitely

the smartest student I've met.

But socially

you're completely handicapped.

There's a name for this.

"Stupid genius."

People don't like people

who are too smart.

You're suspended for 3 days.


He was kicked out of school.

- What?

He copied in English class.

- But you know English.

Leave me alone.

Daniel, slap him.

- Why me? You slap him.

Slapping is a man's job.

I'll hug him afterwards.

Women do everything now,

you slap him and I'll hug him.

You can slap Dad

and I'll hug myself.


Dorit, he isn't...

Bye, guys.


Nice work today.


that monster better be done

by tomorrow morning.

Give me a few days, Dedi.

Daniel, don't be greedy,

if it isn't working by tomorrow,

you're fired.

Bye, buddy.

Why does that moron

talk to you like that?

Jonathan, be quiet!

What's wrong with you?


It's dark.

The bank seems deserted.

The robber's sure that nothing

stands between him and the safe.

After robbing banks

all over the world

he can already smell the money.

But then, whoops...


Dad, that's amazing.

- Isn't it?

There's also a secret code,

it's your birth date.

You know what I think?

I think you should go to Eli

and make up with him.

Dad, I'm not talking

to that Neanderthal.

He broke my MP3 player.

I see it still records.

It doesn't work,

it just lights up.

You know he flunked twice?

Son, you have to get along

with people less smarter than you.

You have enough problems

as it is.

I don't...

I don't stutter like I used to.

I'm fine.

You're just trying

to change the subject.

You can't afford to send me

to a school for the gifted.

It's very expensive.

It's not my fault

you're a security guard.

I'm Head of Security.

If you cleaned toilets

you'd say you're Chief of Hygiene.

Are you ashamed of my job?

I put the food on the table.

Checkmate. I win.

You got lucky.

- It isn't a game of luck,

I'm still smarter than you.

If you're so smart,

why are you a loser

who kisses ass for a living?

Don't talk to me that way!

I won't have it.

You won't see the computer

for 6 months, you hear?

Dad, are you okay?

- Yes, yes.

I'm okay, buddy, don't worry...

I'm fine.

I just need some air.

I'm okay.

I'm the best dad in the world.

The best.

Take the car keys,

get me the blue pills

from the glove compartment,

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Reshef Levi

Reshef Levi (Hebrew: רשף לוי‎; born 1972) is an Israeli screenwriter, playwright, film director, producer, writer, comedian and television presenter. Winner of the Israeli Theatre Award and the Israeli Academy of Television Award. Levi is married with seven children and lives in Kfar Sava. Reshef Levi is known for his successful debut feature film “Lost Islands”, which was nominated for 14 Ophir Awards by the Israeli Academy of Film and Television for outstanding cinematic work. In addition, Reshef Levi is a writer of one of the most popular television crime drama shows in Israel, “The Arbitrator” (Ha Borer). His last comedy film, “Hunting Elephants”, was made with the participation of Patrick Stewart. more…

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