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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.
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.