Riwka is 65. The tourist bus she's on breaks down between Warsaw and Auschwitz. Anxiety mounts alarmingly in the racket of Yiddish conversation that follows. Regine, also 65, believes she's found her elderly father who's traveling across Europe to get to Paris. Vera, an 80-year-old Russian woman at the end of her life and alone in the world, has just immigrated to Israel. She's looking for the cousin she hasn't seen for many years. Alone, she hops on bus after bus. Everything is foreign to her, she gets totally lost, is on the verge of collapse. Then, finally in the last bus, purely by chance, she meets Riwka…
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At one time, the film could have been called "Promised Land." A promised land is typically the place where you're not and where you'd like to go. It's also the memories we have of people who've disappeared, the fantasy of one day finding them again. All of the film's characters have a kind of scar, an emptiness, due to what they've been through. They're searching for peace, happiness. In the end, we know all too well that it's a trap to think that a place, earth, will provide us with these. Right from the prologue, Riwka, the film's unifying character, is faced with her ghosts. She flees from the reality of her marriage and her life, believing that happiness is bound to be elsewhere.
Emmanuel Finkiel – Director