Intimate Grammar

Poster for Intimate Grammar

A dysfunctional family and delayed puberty make life miserable for a pre-adolescent growing up in Jerusalem in the 1960's. The film, an adaptation of David Grossman's "The Book of Intimate Grammar", shows our hero, Aharon  Kleinfeld, striving to survive his domineering mother, his anti-intellectual father and his own diminutive stature in a setting of a lower-middle-class housing development where gossip is rampant and appearances are all important.

Three years in the life of Aharon in which his soul matures but his body refuses to grow. Perhaps, one of his glands is dormant, or perhaps he is afraid of growing up and becoming like his parents. Or maybe, he is just a late bloomer, in need of a little more time. But nobody has the time to wait. Betrayed by his family, by his best friend and his beloved, lonely in his small body, but aware of his maturing soul, he realizes something must be done.


Original title:
Hadikduk HaPnimi
110 minutes

Shown at

  1. 11th Annual Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival - 2012
  2. 17th Jewish Film Festival Berlin & Potsdam - 2011
  3. 19th Toronto Jewish Film Festival - 2011
  4. AICE Israeli Film Festival - 2011
  5. Beth Tzedec Jewish Film Festival - 2011
  6. Boston Jewish Film Festival - 2011
  7. Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema - 2011
  8. Cleveland Jewish FilmFest - 2011
  9. Israel Film Festival New York - 2011
  10. Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival - 2011
  11. Stockholms Judiska Filmfestival - 2011
  12. Vancouver Jewish Film Festival - 2011
  13. Winnipeg International Jewish Film Festival - 2011

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