|Nechama (The meaning of the name Nechama in Hebrew is consolation) is a 77 year old woman who gets up in the morning with a premonition that she will die by the end of the day. The story follows her unstable consciousness through fear, emptiness, hope and neediness until she realizes that her family are able to accept that it might be the last day of her life. Her husband, Menachem, refuses to take her seriously, reflecting the fact that they have become somewhat estranged. But Nechama heeds her internal voice and tries to gather her family around her in order to say goodbye. She asks her adult granddaughter, Neta, who is interning in a psychiatric hospital to arrive early for her usual bi-weekly visit while Neta is busy with a new patient, a suicidal woman who has aroused her concern. Neta has a difficult session with her patient who leaves in the middle of it; she is continuously bombarded with phone calls from her grandparents asking her to come and with her mind in turmoil she leaves the hospital and becomes an important part of her grandmother's last day.
Nechama longs to renew the feelings of human closeness which long ago left her. Will the consolation that Nechama so badly needs arrive?
|Nechama (Consolation), directed by Edit Sheratzki, is a short drama (51 minutes) starring Rivka Michaeli and Gedalia Besser. I love this format of short dramas because after the screening, there is time for comments and discussion. This is a bittersweet and very intense story about the elderly and about our fear of death and dying.
Nechama wakes up one morning distraught and distracted. She is sure that this is the day that she is going to die. When she tells her husband about her premonition, he is sure that she is punishing him for an indiscretion that occurred many years before. But Nechama seems to be a woman who is sure of herself and she knows that today is the day.
Looking for love and consolation, she tries to contact her daughter Ruti, who lives abroad, and her busy grand-daughter Neta. Interning in a mental hospital, Neta works with a woman who wants to die, whereas Nechama is about to die and wants to live.
Instead of the attention that she craves, Nechama is offered disbelief and a request for family stories and insights (as in Tuesdays with Morrie), Amy Kronish in http://israelfilm.blogspot.com/.