is a beautiful piece of film -- it takes you to places that are haunting, joyful, and wistful. Mostly, though, this journey from Odessa, Ukraine to Brighton Beach, N.Y. to Ashdod, Israel imparts the feeling that something's missing -- that the lives the film is showing us are somehow incomplete.
The film, director Michale Boganim's look at Jews from Odessa, premiered at Sundance last winter. The narrative begins in the Ukranian city. The music starts off early -- indeed, the joy in performance and music are common themes throughout all the movie's subjects, as are themes of togetherness, or the lack thereof.
"I miss my community; all of us together," is one of the quotes from right out of the gate.Odessa . . . Odessa!