Impossible on Saturday


1h 56m 1966

Film Details

Also Known As
Pas question le samedi, Raq lo b'shabbat
Release Date
Jan 1966
Premiere Information
New York opening: 16 Feb 1966
Production Company
Athos Films; Méroz Films
Distribution Company
Magna Pictures
Country
France

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 56m

Synopsis

On his deathbed in a Jerusalem nursing home, 83-year-old orchestra conductor Chaim Silbershatz is visited by the ghost of his pious father, Yankel. The patriarch informs Chaim that he must atone for his sinful life by luring all his sons to Israel and marrying them to Israeli women before the Sabbath. Although he has deeded his fortune to Jerusalem, Chaim changes his will, specifying his sons as heirs contingent on their repatriation and marriage. The first to arrive in Israel is American oil magnate Freddie, Chaim's only legitimate son, who subsequently summons his siblings. These are the transvestite Hans, actually Frieda, from Hamburg; Italian bricklayer Carlo, who marries an Israeli army sergeant; married kibbutzim farmer Zvi, who declines his portion; French safecracker Léon, who enters Israel disguised as an Arab; and Scottish air pilot McLeaf. When all but Freddie marry, upon the arrival of the Sabbath the estate reverts to the city of Jerusalem. Chaim, however, having fulfilled the conditions for salvation, dies knowing his offspring are happily settled in Israel.

Film Details

Also Known As
Pas question le samedi, Raq lo b'shabbat
Release Date
Jan 1966
Premiere Information
New York opening: 16 Feb 1966
Production Company
Athos Films; Méroz Films
Distribution Company
Magna Pictures
Country
France

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 56m

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Notes

Filmed on location in Israel. Opened in Paris in January 1965 as Pas question le samedi; running times: 105 and 90 min. Israeli title: Raq lo b'shabbat.