Footnote is the story of a great rivalry between a father and son. Both eccentric professors, they have dedicated their lives to their work. The father seems a stubborn purist who fears the establishment. His son, Uriel, appears to strive on accolades, endlessly seeking recognition.
But one day, the tables turn. The two men switch places when the father learns he is to be awarded the most valuable honour one can receive. His desperate need for recognition is betrayed, his vanity exposed. Uriel is torn between pride and envy. Will he sabotage his father’s glory?
Footnote is the story of insane competition, the admiration and envy for a role model, bringing father and son to a final, bitter confrontation. –Cannes Film Festival
The film might have been a little contrived at times (maybe a little too aware that it would be up for awards), and I simply lost interest about halfway in. I did like the critique of notions of mastery and masculinity, and its questioning of family loyalties, but I was on a 14-hour flight somewhere and can't really remember much else to say. Haha.
ts climactic scene is overwrought, which is unfortunate, but for most of its duration Footnote is a clever, well-crafted, and -- perhaps surprisingly, given that it's about two generations of Talmudic philologists -- even soulful film. Besides the father-son rivalry and the bitter academic politics, there is something in here about language and nation as mutually reinforcing fortresses, imprisoning as they protect.
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There are two Professor Shkolniks, a father and a son. They are both scholars of the Talmud. The father worked hard his whole life on research that, for brutally ironic reasons, never paid off. The… read review