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MONDAY

Israeli teenager Shlomi is so busy caring for his grandfather, cooking the daily meals, and meditating family disputes that he barely has time for anything else. Though the 16-year-old has stolen a few moments to moon over pretty new neighbor Rona, he hasn’t even bothered to notice that he’s a genius. When his principal and new math teacher divulge this, Shlomi is surprised, but he handles it better than his squabbling parents, who think their dyslexic son is a nice boy but, well, “dumb.” An Israeli hit, Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi is a sweet, glib domestic dramedy that significantly underestimates the corrosiveness of adolescent self-doubt. Shlomi is taken for granted here and there, but he doesn’t really suffer. After all, how bad can it be to serve as the protagonist of a film that informs everyone that you are brilliant and handsome and—not once but twice—that you have a big penis? The film screens at 8 p.m. at the Washington Jewish Community Center’s Aaron and Cecile Goldman Theater, 1529 16th St. NW. $9. (202) 777-3248. (Mark Jenkins)