Next To Her
Israel (IL), 2014, 90 minutes
Next To Her Synopsis

Chelli (Liron Ben-Shlush) has dedicated her life to helping her sister, Gabby (Dana Ivgy), a 24-year-old girl with a severe mental disability. The pair live together in a dingy apartment, existing in an unhealthily symbiotic bubble where everything from toothbrushes to baths are shared.


After a social worker insists that Gabby is enrolled in a day care centre and forges new friendships and routines, Chelli feels abandoned and embarks on a romance with a colleague, Zohar. They fall in love and he moves in, slowly helping her to find a healthy distance from her sister. However, when it becomes apparent that Zohar and Gabby have their own special bond, Chelli’s possessive streak is triggered and the extent of her co-dependence is revealed.


This is a tour de force from director Asaf Korman, who gains remarkable performances from his wife Liron Ben Shlush and Dana Ivgy, in the two lead roles . Next To Her, based on Ben Shlush’s own experience of having a mentally disabled sister, is a stark, moving and naturalistic portrayal of how family ties can both bind and unravel us.

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Reviewed by jeteli
A surprise gem from Israel! This movie  is hauntingly real and an eye-opener where it concerns dealing with a loved one who has a mental disability.  Chelli and Gabby have... more
A surprise gem from Israel! This movie  is hauntingly real and an eye-opener where it concerns dealing with a loved one who has a mental disability.  Chelli and Gabby have a unique bond and the mentally disabled Gabby wholly depends on Chelli to tend to her needs. But it's also curious to note that while Chelli is the normal sister she has yet to come to grips where it concerns jealousy and this she manifests when Gabby goes to a day care center and later when Zohar, her boyfriend, came to live with them.  There's a shocking event at the latter part of the film that will smash your heart to pieces. Impressive performances from Ben-Shlush as Chelli and Dana Ivgy as Gabby. Ivgy's portrayal of the mentally disabled  sister was so convincing and she was up to the role, from the gait, to the mannerisms up to the distorted teeth.  Truly, a film that deserves an international audience and which already won numerous awards at various filmfests like the Tokyo Filmfex and Chicago International Film Festival.  Truly a must-see! 
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Reviewed by nikkareyes
A very affecting, intense and very realistic movie! The story of Chelli and her mentally unstable sister Gabby is one that is both inspirational and gripping, something that will move... more
A very affecting, intense and very realistic movie! The story of Chelli and her mentally unstable sister Gabby is one that is both inspirational and gripping, something that will move viewers and confront them with the grim truth that surrounds mental disability and the struggles that loved ones of these people have to go through. Chelli is admirable for her patience and sacrifice towards her sister, the mother failed to understand Gabby and that fact was quite surprising to know. Viewers will somehow get the idea that Gabby was an unwanted child for how could a mother easily neglect her?  Very impressive performances from  Ben Shlush and Dana Ivgy,  truly remarkable Ivgy! A very powerful film from Director Asaf Korman who is the real-life husband of Ben Shlush, who is also wrote the film's screenplay based on her real-life experiences. Truly a must-watch!
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