״Brainy and sensual, cool and emotional, this wildly impressive feature debut is a drama that consistently defies expectation and takes the time to notice the world — how strangers can connect with one another and how complicated the relationships between parents and their adult children can become.” -Miami JFF
“I was struck by the subtlety of the way the film is constructed. What’s not seen and what’s left unspoken seem to be driving forces in the film… The richness is in the depths of quiet moments that have lingered with me since I saw the film days ago.” -Barbara Ann O’Leary, Directed by Women
“Throughout MIA, Barkol presents a visually beautiful film that showcases the brutal reality of an uncertain life. The random encounters that broaden our awareness is presented in a way that captures the true awkwardness of life.” -Lisa Mejia, The Entertainment Section
Soho International Film Festival, NYC | Filmmakers’ Week Festival, Tel Aviv, Israel | Blow-Up International Arthouse Film Festival, Chicago, IL | Femme Revolution Film Fest, Mexico City, Mexico | Queens World FF, NYC | Miami Jewish Film Festival, Miami, FL | NYWIFT Immigrant Stories Series, NYC.
While seeking refuge in Brooklyn due to an injury that ended her career, cat-sitting is a former Israeli dancer’s ticket to a good night of sleep.
Since losing her ability to dance due to an injury, Mia has escaped life in Tel-Aviv for a temporary life in Brooklyn. She lives in a dorm room, where she suffers from insomnia due to the noise in and outside of her head. She takes origami classes, and to support herself, she works as a cat sitter for Justin, a married sales agent who is only in New York on the weekends. Mia finds comfort in her employer’s quiet, empty space and in his cat, and eventually secretly stays in his bed on the nights when he’s away. When he returns to NY earlier than expected, and catches her in his bed, she is mortified. Determined to prove to him that she is “not that kind of person,” she offers to take him out to dinner, leading the pair into an unexpected friendship and living situation.