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Michal is obliged to interrupt her journey in order to visit to her hospitalized grandmother with her mother Odette. Because of the hospitalization, Grandma is already beginning to lose her mind and is not herself anymore. Trapped in between a weakened grandmother and an exhausted mother, Michal feels useless. Maya Dreifuss’ Visiting Hours portrays the antagonism and reconciliation of the three women, but never incites the audience with a dramatic climax. This distanced approach affords us a moment of reflection. Hurting but never abandoning each other, depending on but ignoring each other, these women remind us exactly of our own relationships in our families. (Denise Hyuk-sang Lee)
Maya DreifussMaya Dreifuss
Born in 1975, Tel Aviv, Maya Dreifuss studied Psychology and Communications at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem and continued her studies in directing and script writing at Film and Television Department in Tel Aviv University. Both her first short film Wax Hurts (2001) and second film Visiting Hours (2005) screened at Cinefondation of Cannes Film Festival respectively in 2001 and 2005, and Visiting Hours received the second prize. These films also were invited and awarded at many film festivals around the world.