Movie Review – Sublet (2020)


Sublease, 2020.

Directed by Eytan Fox.
Starring John Benjamin Hickey, Niv Nissim, Lihi Kornowski, Miki Kam, Peter Spears, Tamir Ginsburg and Gabriel Omri Loukas.



The author of the New York Times trip arrives in Tel Aviv to suffer the tragedy. The energy of the city and his relationship with the younger man wakes him back to life.


By the time the fictional New York Times writer Michael (Emmy and Tony Award nominee John Benjamin Hickey) was involved in the screenplay by author and director Eytan Fox (scripts alongside Italian Segal) Sublease has ended his five – day work session in Tel Aviv, he has done much more than tour since writing his latest travel book. As soon as he gets off the plane, the reporter seems to have weight on his shoulders, crushing him into a defeated and zombie-like state. Heavy emotions don’t go away even if he’s away and exploring some of the sights.

Throughout this short stay, he also rents an apartment from aspiring horror filmmaker Tomer (newcomer Niv Nissim), a much younger man who has nothing in common except that both are gay. Poster A nightmare on elm street has been plastered over the walls, while Michael’s chosen form of entertainment is reading, and he has also written the novel. In addition to the decor itself, it’s obvious that the confusing space in Tomer’s living quarters (which is one of the few reasons he almost doesn’t go through subletting, is considering finding a hotel) opposes Michael, who is a clean and organized person.

Of the tempting contrasts in the story, Tomer returns on the second day of Michael’s visit to pick up our weeds, prompting them to spend the day together looking at different restaurants for breakfast and dinner, talking casually and getting to know each other. Tomer’s bike is also stolen in a case where Michael wonders why he doesn’t call the police. Tomer replies that the police are racist here, allowing Michael to see the brewing article from other perspectives he would not otherwise have seen. In addition to the methods used to investigate Tel Aviv differ, Michael reveals places Tomer never knew existed. In other words, their differences are used to learn from each other.


When Michael isn’t studying culture or checking hotspots, he sometimes takes Skype calls from his husband David (Peter Spears) to look for a surrogate mother. Michael doesn’t accept this and feels David is going on his back referring to the tragic incident that happened last time they tried to have a baby. Nonetheless, it’s clear that this is a slightly tense relationship and that while Michael cares and loves David, something has taken the sails of the wind emotionally.

As the days go by as Michael and Tomer continue to hang out, the differences between them shift from cultural to more personal dating and relationships. Tomer sees no value in monogamy and it’s about a culture of connection. He even goes as far as contacting a friend in Grindr to meet in three stages after learning that sexual intimacy between Michael and David has stopped. Naturally, Michael is not interested, but the more time he and Tomer spend together, it suggests that the latter is able to handle dynamics that transcend physical affection. First, it has been made clear that Tomer sees something special in Michael; he invites him to meet his mother and have dinner.

Tomer’s friend Daria (Lihi Kornowski) leaves herself with her own relationship problems in an order that leads to everyone attending a sexually suggestive dance performance she had been performing with her boyfriend for some time. The fun time is full of clubs that Michael dives into early at night. Nonetheless, the third bike offers more to weigh and balance in the dating game and what these people do in their lives.


Michael and David are just a match for each other because they are not; As for all the things he may not understand or may not agree with, he finds a new pace of life. The performances of the leading men are excellent, and they often browse the story of its most forced moments of conflict (Michael and David don’t have so much in common that it begins to feel repetitive) and amateur dialogue. Sometimes, Sublease forget the one who has so much talent in front of the camera that it tries to take the wrong step here and there (after all, there is a metaphor for socks that are too cheese-writing, otherwise credible and sincere), trying too hard to be cute or funny. It is also attentive and considerate in its complex approach to the current state of relations and in reviving the life of the husband and traveler.

Flickering myth rating – Movie: ★ ★ ★ / Movie: ★ ★ ★

Robert Kojder is a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association and the Critics Choice Association. He is also a reporter for flickering myth reviews. Check here For new reviews, follow mine Twitter or Letterboxdor send an email to [email protected]

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