Romantic comedy heralds ‘Change’ through autistic lovers

Like one of her favorite romantic comedies, “Crossing Delancey,” writer-director Rachel Israel’s narrative feature debut “Keep the Change” is a New York love story with a tangible Jewish undercurrent.

The romantic duo in the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival’s opening-night selection readily self-identify as Jewish, but they share another quality that for most people primarily defines them: David and Sarah are on the autism spectrum, and so are the amateur actors who play them, Brandon Polansky and Samantha Elisofon.

Refreshingly honest and sexually straightforward in its portrayal of the way people with autism interact with each other, with their families and with strangers, “Keep the Change” received two prizes, including the top U.S. narrative jury prize, when it premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April.

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14th July 2017
Jewish News of Northern California