AnonymousJune 11, 2021 at 10:21 AM
“Sublet” has a lot of things going for it, including good performances, some interesting insights, and a presentation of Tel Aviv that’s so enchanting it may inspire many viewers to consult travel agencies. And yet, when it was over, I came away from “Sublet” curiously unmoved by it all. It isn’t bad, per se, but I just never felt the emotional impact it’s clearly hoping to achieve.
As the film opens, middle-aged travel writer Michael (John Benjamin Hickey) is arriving in Tel Aviv to spend a week doing research for an article. For his lodgings, he renting out an apartment but when he arrives, he discovers that the guy who lives there, a young film student named Tomar (Niv Nissim) has screwed up the dates and thought that Michael wasn’t arriving until the next day. Michael’s initial instinct is to leave and check into a hotel (probably right after he noticed the poster for the “Funny Games” remake hanging in the bedroom) but Tomar, who frankly admits that he needs the money, convinces him to stay. Since Tomar now has nowhere to go, Michael offers to let him stay in exchange for serving as a tour guide to show him the less touristy sights.
Over the course of the five days covered in the film, Tomar shows Michael around and while doing so, the two get to know each other. On the surface, they couldn’t possibly be more different. Michael is quiet and retiring, dutifully calls his husband back home
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