First screening of “Anywhere Else” at RiverRun is today

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Screens Friday at 1:30 p.m. at A/perture 2, Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at A/perture 2 and April 20 at 7 p.m. at A/perture 1.

Anywhere Else

The tension in Anywhere Else is immediately apparent, between Israeli grad student Noa — who is living in Berlin — and her boyfriend, but the story really gets good when she spontaneously decides to return home. Anywhere Else transforms from what initially looks like a boring story about a whiny, lost and privileged white twentysomething into an intriguing fictional feature.

Once the film starts dealing with family turmoil and the unexpected and rapidly deteriorating health of Noa’s Holocaust-surviving grandmother, Anywhere Else takes on a new weightiness. Even Noa’s character adopts more depth, and when her German boyfriend turns up out of nowhere, the dynamics only become more interesting.

Anywhere Else, dir. Ester Amrami, 87 min., 2014