'Sara Stein: From Berlin to Tel Aviv' DVD: Next Year in Israel for a Detective Who Is A Chosen Person
The Omnibus Entertainment division of international indie art house god Film Movement fully embraces the Movement global spirit as to its two-disc DVD release "Sara Stein From Berlin to Tel Aviv: The Complete Series." These four well-made-for-TV movies depict the adventures of the titular Jewish detective whose career takes her from the titular German city to the titular Israeli one. One confession is that, despite thoroughly enjoying the series, time constraints are behind not watching "Old Friends," which completes the quartet.
The following Movement trailer for "Series" provides a good sense of these well-produced mysteries with moderate political overtones.
Aptly titled "Shalom Berlin, Shalom Tel Aviv" (2019) finds Berlin-based Stein at odds with members of her team in the wake of workplace trauma and drama. This includes a fellow detective who holds no punches regarding what she is and is not willing to do in the line of duty.
This film centers around the investigation of the local death of an Israeli DJ with a Palestinian boyfriend. As is the case with every "Stein" story, there is plenty of related nefarious activity and Jewish-centric conflict. Further, the usual suspects get all of their dirty laundry aired.
Stein falling in love with Isreali pianist/peacemaker David Shapiro prompts her to move to Israel and start a career with the Tel Aviv police department in the interim between "Shalom" and "Jewels in the Grave" (2019). A subjective opinion is that this one is the best of the three of the four watched for this post.
This case, which is the first one for Stein at her new job, revolves around the death of a beloved Israeli police detective. The workplace trauma and drama this time leads to Stein heading up the investigation.
Both a cold case and the relatively recent death of the wife of the more recently deceased play major roles. A young Arab man with a close relationship to the dead detective provides the political angle this time.
The solution this time is by far the most clever of the three; the fun includes a prior brief scene that seems strange at the time and proves to be pivotal.
"Masada" (2019) is not a bad film but is not as good as the first two . This one revolves around the death of a famed Israeli archaeologist at a dig of the titular site. The cliches this time include an illicit affair, nefarious dealing as to artifacts, and possible evidence that would greatly distress the faithful. We also witness the predictable end of the honeymoon period for Sara and David,
Much of the disappointment as to "Masada" relates to it coming on the heels of "Jewels."
The brief IMDb description for "Friends" states that Stein is called in to lend a hand when a Human-rights activist goes missing.
Overall, the Stein films make for a good Sunday afternoon marathon.