Set in the run-down environs of Tel Aviv, "My Treasure" is centered around Or (Dana Ivgy), a troubled young girl, and Ruthie (Ronit Elkabetz), her prostitute mother. Or is doing her best to keep Ruthie off the streets but the older woman is inexorably drawn to that dangerous way of life.
Eschewing any traces of sentiment in favor of Cassevetes-like (but unindulgent) cinema verite, and brilliantly acted by its two leads, "My Treasure" is riveting, despite a final, obvious plot twist that doesn't ring true. Starring Ronit Elkabetz, Dana Ivgy and Meshar Cohen. Directed by Keren Yedaya. Written by Sari Ezouz and Keren Yedaya. Produced by Marek Rozenbaum, Itai Tamir, Emmanuel Agneray and Jerome Bleitrach. A Kino release. Drama. Hebrew-language; subtitled. Unrated. Running time: 100 min