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The Return from India

  • Israel / 2002 / 97min
  • Original Title : Ha-Shiva Mehodu
  • Director : Menahem Golan

Synopsis

For the young Israeli doctor Benji Rubin, the trip to India Proposed with the hospital administrator and his wife might be just the opportunity he was waiting for an aspiring staff surgeon. Yet when he returns from his trip, which proves momentous, he conceals deep within his heart a burning impossible love that shatters his entire existence. In the beginning the young doctor seems in love, not with a woman in flesh and blood, but rather with enigma of that love, heightened by the intoxicating fragrances and disturbing sensuality of India. Before him awaits an arduous journey across the geography of emotions and passions that seem to escape any reasonable attempt at understanding. THE RETURN FROM INDIA is based upon the novel by Abraham B. Yehoshua, master at capturing the individual existence, its torment and weaknesses, the color of an entire epoch and a society struggling to find its equilibrium. While Rubin leaves the material world for a spiritual quest in a Buddhist monastery, renouncing the world and his impossible love, a young woman gives birth to his child in Israel beckoning him to a new life and the offer to share his immense love, not in turmoil and anguish, but in peace.

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