Montana, by Limor Shmila, works so well because it’s a discovery in all senses of the word. It’s a first film by Shmila, but doesn’t feel that way as it is extremely assured. It’s also a great showcase for actress Noa Biron as Efi, who returns to Akko, and it’s a gorgeous and moving story of self-discovery, reinforced by the fact that the scenery is beautiful and the story is set in Israel, but has little to do with conflict.
Well, there is a conflict present in Montana but it is one of outsider versus insider. Efi is constantly reminded of her outsider status, having returned from Jaffa, and the northern landscape, (and natural harbour) create a feeling that Efi does not belong in her hometown, (and her mother as well seems an outsider though she is mainly heard on the phone).
The film appeals to any person who feels displaced (and not necessarily for political reasons), and questions whether or not we can truly go home again.
Montana plays as part of the Inside Out LGBT Film Festival in Toronto on May 31st at 9:30 pm at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. For more details, click here