What a Wonderful Place | 2005
In the dead of night somewhere along the Israeli border near the Dead Sea, ex-cop Franco rounds up a group of female illegal immigrants to be sold as hookers and domestics by his unscrupulous current employer, local gangster Boss. Among those corralled is Jana, a Ukrainian maid ultimately saved from the brothel by the birthmark on her face and a defiant attitude that rubs Boss the wrong way but has a certain allure to Franco, whose relationship with wife Ahuva, is painted as loving but tense. Jana's lost purse falls into the hands of pudgy farmer Zeltzer, who is fascinated by a photo inside the purse of Jana. Zeltzer has his own tense domestic situation salved only by a good relationship with one of his Thai workers, Vissit. Inevitably, the paths of these human chess pieces cross and cross again, illustrating the pitfalls of a changing world and the deceptive surface beauty of that wonderful place.