Saint Clara (1996)

  • Year: 1996
  • Released: N/A
  • Country: Israel
  • Adwords: 7 wins & 6 nominations
  • IMDb:
  • Rotten Tomatoes:
  • Metacritics:
  • Available in: 720p, 1080p,
  • Language: Hebrew, Russian
  • MPA Rating: N/A
  • Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
  • Runtime: 85 min
  • Writer: Ari Folman, Jelena Kohout, Pavel Kohout
  • Director: Ari Folman, Ori Sivan
  • Cast: Lucy Dubinchik, Halil Elohev, Johnny Peterson
  • Keywords:
84% – Audience

Saint Clara Storyline

Based on a novel by Czech writers Pavel and Yelena Kohout. Clara is a 7th-grade Russian emigree to this Negev town, and lives in a trailer on the edge of town. She is surrounded by some nutty Russian characters, many of whom are played by actors from Israel’s Gesher Theatre Troupe. Clara will lose her powers to predict winning Lotto numbers if she falls in love, and then she meets the anarchist rebel hunk at Golda Meir High School.—L. Mark

Saint Clara Photos

Saint Clara Torrents Download

720pweb776.02 MBmagnet:?xt=urn:btih:F6EF6D8D6F166E2408E9E37AC566B8D784035758
1080pweb1.41 GBmagnet:?xt=urn:btih:E69CC299D986BA54E9E7B27966E3955C080ABCCF

Saint Clara Subtitles Download

Englishsubtitle Saint.Clara.1996.HEBREW.1080p.WEBRip.x264

Saint Clara Movie Reviews

An offbeat gem

Pals Eddie Tikal (Halil Elohev), skinhead wannabe Rosy (Johnny Peterson) and the boyish-looking Libby (Maya Maron) swallow some pills before entering school. Instead of going to class, however, they are summoned to the principal’s office to be questioned about a strange event. It seems that the students at Haifa’s Golda Meir Junior High School have turned in perfect scores on a Math test and the perplexed teacher and principal of the school are determined to hunt down and punish the cheater. The teacher asks, “Aren’t you guys smart enough to make a few mistakes so we won’t catch on that you’re cheating?” When they find out, however, that the class did not cheat but were provided answers by a clairvoyant Russian immigrant, their authority is shaken.

Based on a novel by Pavel Kohout, a Czech writer who adapted its story from a screenplay by his wife Jelena, Ari Foman and Ori Sivan’s Saint Clara is a film of surreal charm that bears comparison to Bunuel and Truffaut. While it is quirky, it is not self consciously so, and contains characters that we can recognize as real people. Contrary to typical Hollywood fare, the film shows psychic abilities such as clairvoyance to be natural attributes of the human mind, although in this case, according to a family tradition, they will last only until the young girl falls in love. The psychic is 13-year old Clara (Lucy Dubnichek), a very quiet girl with deeply expressive eyes. While she is regarded as odd by her punk classmates, they are more than happy to receive her help on their examinations and equally eager to enlist her help in planning a revolution that never quite gets off the ground.

The oddness in the film is not limited to the students. Mathematics teacher (Joseph El Dror) had a tour of duty in Vietnam where he claims that he once beat international chess champion Bobby Fischer. The principal (Yigal Naor), nattily dressed in a red suit, claims to have made love to French singing star Edith Piaf. On television, we see a weirdly dressed newswoman who constantly speaks about the impending environmental catastrophe and we learn from Rosy that the Richter scale was inspired by Marilyn Monroe. While it has its uneven moments, Saint Clara is an offbeat gem that offers with deadpan humor some intriguing insights into adolescent behavior. As Tikel becomes infatuated with Clara, the film hints at a more conventional outcome but maintains its irresistible charm and originality until the end.

Oh, Clara of the violet eyes!

A class of Israeli junior high kids has discovered a miracle in its midst. One of the students, Clara, a 13 year old Russian immigrant, has begun to see the future. This singular talent arrives suddenly like an unexpected blessing from the gods of puberty, and for a few exciting days, Clara’s predictions about math tests and lottery numbers turn her world upside down.

And what a world it is. The film, released in 1996, is set three years in the future in an absurdist, industrial cityscape. The school kids talk tough about revolution as they tromp through polluted swamps and through streets lined with huge squares of beehive apartment buildings. The city seems on the very cusp of apocalypse, though it’s not clear whether the final crisis will arise from a man-made ecological disaster or from the hand of God in the form of an earthquake. Meanwhile, the revolution threatens to develop into a new religion, with Saint Clara at the center. The entire city listens for her predictions, adult men get crushes on her, and of course the boys in her class end up fighting over her.

To complicate things for Clara, her powers may disappear if she falls in love. One of her admirers, Tikel, has a good chance with her though. He’s obsessed with her violet eyes, and chicks always fall for that–at least in junior high. “I think your visions come from your eyes,” he tells her.

“Saint Clara” really is about as good as films get. It is a beautiful thing to be able to imagine the near-future, accelerate the world’s problems slightly, and then just continue to smile at life. In this way, “Saint Clara” is reminiscent of the irresistibly optimistic films Wim Wenders made during the 1990s. Perhaps the film’s best surprise, however, is the voracious, adolescent energy which tints its vision. All the kids in the film are bursting with potential, thirsty for life; and the adults are sad but charming caricatures, thinly-veiled trolls and witches, forever dreaming of their lost youth. A naive misconception, certainly, but here it is also fantastically endearing.

Kudos to Kino Video for making this gem available on video. And don’t miss the sweet little film at the end of the tape: “Personal Goals.”

Saint Clara….a movie like no other, a movie about powers…..the power of youth, the power of magic, the power of love, and the power to change a person

After stumbling upon this movie, it has turned into one of my favorites. Despite the subscripts it was still able to capture me. Almost as if I knew the language. Grant it, it’s about children, but thats the beauty of it. The fact that she’s magical or whatever is just a surface texture, the deeper meaning and feeling this movie brings out, is what really struck me. I urge anyone who hasnt seen it, to see it, and anyone who has, I would like to know if you agree with me. This movie happened to have a very powerful effect on me, and I think its brilliant.