“The portrait of the artist Eleonora Turovsky is an inspiring story of courage and passion.”
Paul Villeneuve, Journal de Montréal, March 31, 1995
“After watching Michka Saäl’s film (about the Turovsky family), we can better appreciate how for Eleonora, her husband Yuli and their daughter Natalya art is not only the most important element of their lives, but also an essential nourishment they need to share with others at all cost.”
Dominique Olivier, Voir, April 6-12, 1995
In The Sleeping Tree Dreams of its Roots, Michka Saäl describes the encounter of two young women in Quebec, one an Arab from Lebanon, the other a Jewish Tunisian. The latter was the director who engages in a personal reflection on immigration, both the struggles and the discoveries that come with culture shock. Less personal in tone, The Violin on the Canvas picks up on the same idea of the potential fruits of exile, but with a more classical approach.
Francine Laurendeau, Le Devoir April 2, 1995