(Le fils de l’autre, 2012) Lorraine Levy’s French-Israeli “The Other Son” is a nearly-serviceable babies-switched-at-birth Israeli-Palestinian drama, placing two eighteen-year-old soldiers in fate’s way. Talky in the worst way, the film still holds attention for decent performances and bristling atmosphere that keep its wholeheartedly loaded “West Bank Story” and trunkful of plot contrivance and hapless predictability afloat. Emmanuelle Devos is the stricken mother. With Pascal Elbé, Jules Sitruk, Mehdi Dehbi, Areen Omari, Khalifa Natour, Mahmud Shalaby, Bruno Podalydès. 105m. (Ray Pride)
“The Other Son” opens Friday at Landmark Century.
Ray Pride is Newcity’s film critic, editor of Movie City News and a contributing editor of Filmmaker magazine. He is also a photographer: his history of Chicago “Ghost Signs” in words and images is forthcoming. Check a few signs on Twitter (@chighostsigns) as well as daily photography on Instagram (instagram.com/raypride). Twitter: @RayPride. (Photo: Jorge Colombo.)