Oy vey! Don’t bother Hunting Elephants.
HUNTING ELEPHANTS (Reshef Levi). 107 minutes. Some subtitles. Saturday (May 3), 9:30 pm, Canada Square; Tuesday (May 6), 8:45 pm, Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. Rating: N
Swinging wildly between obnoxiously frantic farce and shameless melodrama, this godawful heist comedy is apparently what passes for mass-market entertainment in Israel these days. The American studios have nothing to worry about.
An obnoxious 12-year-old (Gil Blank) and his grandfather (Sasson Gabai) plot to rob a Jerusalem bank with two other seniors, one of whom is a casually anti-Semitic English lord (Patrick Stewart).
The characters insult each other constantly and often wave guns around because director/co-writer Reshef Levi believes old people being threatening is hysterical. But even the endlessly game Stewart's throwing himself into a performance of Funiculì, Funiculà can only get him so far.
Hunting Elephants can't even be enjoyed ironically; believe me, I tried.