Keep the Change

Poster for Keep the Change KEEP THE CHANGE is a love story about David, an upper-class charmer struggling to hide his high-functioning autism, who is forced to attend a support group for people with disabilities where he falls in love with Sarah, a sheltered, young autistic woman, who challenges his desire to maintain an identity as 'normal.'

94 minutes
Rachel Israel

Shown at

  1. 22nd Annual Hartford Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  2. 23rd Denver Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  3. 28th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  4. 5th Annual Palm Springs Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  5. Atlanta Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  6. Atlantic Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  7. Baltimore Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  8. Baton Rouge Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  9. Berkshire Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  10. Beth Tzedec Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  11. Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  12. Boston Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  13. Boulder Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  14. Charlotte Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  15. Cherry Hill Volvo Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  16. Chicago Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  17. Cincinnati Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - 2019
  18. Columbus Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  19. Dayton Jewish International Film Festival - 2018
  20. Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  21. Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  22. Harrisburg Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  23. Houston Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  24. JFilm Festival (Pittsburgh) - 2018
  25. Louisville Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  26. Maine Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  27. Miami Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  28. Michiana Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  29. Moscow Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  30. Nagle Family Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  31. Oklahoma Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  32. Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  33. PJFF Fall Festival - 2017
  34. Rehoboth Beach Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  35. Rutgers Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  36. San Francisco Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  37. Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  38. Sarasota-Manatee Israel Film Festival - 2019
  39. Savannah Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  40. Schenectady Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  41. Seattle Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  42. Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  43. Sonoma County Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  44. St. Louis Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  45. Treasure Coast Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  46. Vancouver Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  47. Ventura County Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  48. Virginia Festival of Jewish Film - 2018
  49. White Mountain Jewish Film Festival - 2018

8 Responses

  1. jewishfilmfests says:

    Rachel Israel on Her Daring Debut “Keep the Change,” An Unconventional Rom-Com Starring Neuro-Diverse Non-Actors (Interview)

    Anyone who thinks you need big name stars like Tom Hanks or Reese Witherspoon to get people to believe in the romantic chemistry between two movie characters hasn’t seen Rachel Israel’s debut Keep the Change.

  2. jewishfilmfests says:

    Movie about and starring autistic actors moves Jewish Film Festival crowd
    After the showing, audience members asked the actors numerous questions, ranging from the treatments they received as children to their real-life experiences in the dating world to the degree they live independently. Both made it known they are just friends, still single and available. Polansky said he was diagnosed with severe ADHD in preschool and spent his school years in classes with others with disabilities, which he described as a 12-year prison. He didn’t actually receive the autism diagnosis until he had a breakdown after high school.

  3. jewishfilmfests says:

    Review: In ‘Keep the Change,’ Two People With Autism Find Love

    In many respects the romance that develops between David and Sarah is like a conventional one. There’s even an “it’s not you, it’s me” conversation. The movie grows more moving as David gets real with himself about his own loneliness, and his rich parents’ bigotry and denial. (The parents are played by the veteran actors Jessica Walter and Tibor Feldman, and they work well with Mr. Polansky and Ms. Elisofon.) “Keep the Change” is not a seamlessly crafted movie, but it’s awfully tenderhearted and thoroughly disarming. It deserves to be widely seen.

  4. jewishfilmfests says:

    ‘Keep the Change’: Film Review
    Writer-director Rachel Israel builds her debut film around non-professional actors with autism.

    This is the point at which rom-coms typically construct artificial obstacles to love. Israel goes in a more honest direction, allowing inevitable difficulties to register in increasingly poignant ways. The climax is a betrayal in which, placed in a group of successful, cognitively normal partygoers, David has to choose between loyalty and the social standing that is so important to him — thanks in no small part to the snobbery of his mother (Arrested Development’s Jessica Walter). Keep the Change acknowledges that people with disabilities can sometimes be largely responsible for the biggest problems they face, just like the rest of us — and it doesn’t need to be Pollyannaish to believe those problems are solvable.

  5. jewishfilmfests says:

    Keep the Change: actors with autism get the chance to shine in romcom

    The director and star of a new low-budget film discuss their hopes of changing the narrative of how autism is represented in media

    The story is based on his first serious romantic relationship, which happened to end shortly before filming began. “It was so painful to make something about a love story that no longer existed,” he recalled. But it was worth it, he said, “to paint this beautiful picture of how we really are.”

  6. jewishfilmfests says:

    ‘Keep the Change’ Review: Rachel Israel’s Tribeca Prizewinner Is a Rom-Com With a Fresh Perspective

    “Keep the Change” positions itself to join the pantheon of New York rom-coms, an enduring tradition to which Israel has added a refreshingly uncynical new take. We’ve seen the Brooklyn Bridge up there on the big screen plenty of times, but rarely have we seen it crossed by characters quite like these.

  7. jewishfilmfests says:

    Film Review: Keep the Change

    Surprisingly sweet rom-com featuring two people with autism benefits from affecting performances by leads Samantha Elisofon and Brandon Polansky.

  8. jewishfilmfests says:

    “Keep the Change” a Refreshing Portrayal of Disability

    Keep the Change will, of course, cause some to reflect upon the recent film Where Hope Grows, a film with a central character played by an actor with Down Syndrome that played in limited nationwide release. While the comparison is understandable, the truth is that Keep the Change is even a little more refreshing because it honestly and openly addresses an area of life with disability so seldom captured on film and does so using actors who would know the truth.

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