“We do everything in the Torah without asking why,” Rabbi Eidelman, a pious elder in a cloistered Hasidic enclave tells his only son Menahem . But at an age where life prompts questions increasingly outside the confines of doctrine, Menahem unwittingly runs afoul of his father’s inflexibility.
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While I enjoy movies that juxtapose faith with everyday living, this Israeli drama about an Orthodox family and their quotidian routine left me cold. Through three-fourths of the film, I was waiting for something horrible to occur, with hints of darker themes hidden in shadows. When the tragedy emerges in the final act, it seemed manufactured as a means to get across a point. Not for my taste anyway.
For those of us not from this faith, so moving to understand the differences and intricacies. Also such a great sense of history. Of a people carrying history on their backs. It is as though that are conscious of the carrying history, but have forgotten something in the doing of it. Beautifully made.