Baba Joon is a film about Yitzhak who runs the family turkey farm started by his father after the family immigrated from Iran to Israel. When his son Moti reaches the age of thirteen, Yitzhak wishes to teach his son the family trade but the boy would rather work with machinery specifically on his own car made out of an old scooter and other left over parts from a barn. Sarah, Yitzhak’s wife, tries to convince their son to help his father out on the farm and that when he is older he can do as he wishes.
Moti is very reluctant to obey his mother’s request knowing his father will be relentless in his attempts to force the boy into farming, just as his father had done with him. Then his uncle Dariush arrives from America to visit his brother and his family and Moti gains an ally and someone who is willing to encourage him in his dreams.
I enjoyed Baba Joon very much and the way the family dynamic changes for the better happens slowly and naturally as the film progresses. Yes, the story is in many ways a very common one; the way Yuval Delshad wrote the film and the actors made his words and his characters really draw the viewer in. It is not hard to understand Moti’s wish to go down his own path in life and at the same time it is understandable why Yitzhak wants his son to carry on in his footsteps like he did in his father’s. Both father and son are equally stubborn and yet..well I won’t give anything more away except to state this the film is a real gem!
Baba Joon: a film written & directed by Yuval Delshad
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