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It’s expected that a good film maker can deliver a complete story in 90 minutes of screen time. It’s an artist who can deliver that in only 22 minutes. Summer Vacation does that, pulling close your attention in the first minute and never letting go. A family with two adolescent kids take time off visiting the shore. Dad wastes no time getting in trouble, when the tide suddenly places him in peril, even while his kids are close by to try and help. A stranger to the kids rushes over to help, but this good Samaritan is no stranger to dad. The remainder of time is spent watching characters emotions fluctuate, and their assumptions change. Like the short version of the American short version of Dare(eventually made into a feature length film), part of me wanted the tale to go on, and part wanted this short to stand on its own merits. Another fine film experience from Israel, in the tradition begun by Eytan Fox.