“2 night” is a rich, complex film based on two simple premises. The first is the sheer impossibility of finding a parking space in Tel Aviv at 2 a.m. on a weekend. The second is an experiment in dating without pretense: What if, when two people embarked on a relationship, they showed their true colors immediately? Would it speed up the voyage to deeper intimacy, or send the two lovers running and screaming in opposite directions?
“2 night,” screening February 14 and 23 at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, opens inside a Tel Aviv bar, picking up where most hookup storylines leave off. The man and the woman in question, played by Yaron Brovinsky and Keren Berger, have already decided to go home with one another. As they walk to the car, he chafes at the artifice of dating:
You’re never yourself. You’re always trying to be someone else to impress the other person. And then, best case scenario, someone likes the impression you made, then finds out it wasn’t really you. Then you find yourself stuck, with this impression which isn’t you. And you, who isn’t your impression. Then for five years you find yourself living in a threesome–you, the girl, and the impression that you made.