Not the religious biopic its title, Saint Clara might suggest, but rather a remarkably sweet Israeli teen romance, in which the title character, a clairvoyant-telekinetic Russian immigrant (Dubinchik), uses her powers to help her classmates pass math tests, or to evacuate the town so that she and her new boyfriend (Elohev) can have a little privacy. Imagine a feel-good version of Stephen King’s Carrie, as written by John Hughes circa 1985, and you’ll have a good sense of this winning, gentle fable; it’s a bit slight, perhaps, but every once in a while it does the heart good to see contemporary kids on screen who are more interested in holding hands than packing heat. B

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