Noodle

Concluding this year’s Seattle Jewish Film Festival, Noodle suffers from a too-cutesy name that belies a serious subject: undocumented workers who have few rights in the (relatively) affluent countries where they pick our fruit and scrub our toilets. The 6-year-old Chinese son, dubbed “Noodle,” of one such worker gets stranded in Tel Aviv when his mother is deported. Speaking about five words of Hebrew, the kid (BaoQi Chen) falls under the reluctant protection of a cynical flight attendant (Mili Avital) who, at 39, is childless and twice widowed. And she’s got issues with her sister, her brother-in-law, and their messy divorce. Does she have time to be a temporary mother? Does she want to be? Should she adopt Noodle, or dump him out on the street? Though world-weary and fatalistic (for good reason), our heroine finds in the kid just a tiny cause for optimism. And no one seems more surprised than she. Cinerama, 2100 Fourth Ave., 622-6315, www.seattlejewishfilmfestival.org. $7–$10. 9 p.m. BRIAN MILLER

Sun., April 13, 9 p.m., 2008

 
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