Another touching and tragic reminder of the suffocating impact of orthodox/fundamentalist religion. Once the certainties may have provided a (false) sense of security & righteousness, now we can see how it destroys people. What kind of God approves of the indecency of gay-bashing and 'ritual' (cleansing?) suicide. Some tender performances in a tough setting.
This movie creeps into you, with quiet contrasts such as a bloody butcher cutting meat while discovering new lengths of sensitivity and sexuality around him. The ending didn't really make me sad, like a few people mentioned - it pleased me that a man chose (trying not to include any spoilers here...) not to go back to a fake way of living. He chose his passion, the only way he knew how.
Re-visited after several years, still good but no with the same impact as previously. Story of two gay Orthodox Jews struggling with their desires in both mentally and physically claustrophobic community, involved in emerging spiral of rather predictable events. Good.
Among different cultures and religions, love and hate remain the two only constants, always clashing with each other, crumbling lives. This is a beautiful and devastatingly sad story, which could have happened anywhere in a society of intolerance. It also offers some very interesting insight on the lifestyle of Orthodox Jews.
Not knowing a lot about Orthodox Jewish Jerusalem may be a problem in understanding this film, but I feel as though the story itself is simple enough to understand that context is not too necessary. The performances were good, and it does a good job of presenting many aspects to the story. The story is very well written, remember that not everything can have a Hollywood ending.
I must say that final scene was pretty emotional... But, considering the film in it's fullness, I'm not really conviced. The relationship between the characters is too mechanic and their sexual desire is expressed with a fake roughness, it's not natural at all... Instead of exploring their passion, the film focuses too much on the social background.