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3.8
123 Ratings

Tikkun

Directed by Avishai Sivan
Israel, 2015
Drama

Synopsis

Haim-Aaron is an ultra-Orthodox religious scholar from Jerusalem whose talent and devotion are envied by all. One evening, following a self-imposed fast, he collapses and loses consciousness.

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Tikkun Directed by Avishai Sivan

Awards & Festivals

Locarno International Film Festival

2015 | 2 wins including: Special Jury Prize

2015 | Special Mention: Cinematography

Transilvania International Film Festival

2016 | Winner: Best Direction

Sivan’s approach is both lyrical and tragic, an indictment of rigid Orthodoxy but a compassionate acknowledgment of the struggle of those who live within it… As seems his wont, Sivan holds a number of surprises on the path toward that end, including Haim’s encounter on the road with a young woman, which is nothing less than heartbreaking—too moving and unsettling to give it away beforehand.
June 09, 2016
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In Jewish tradition, people are made in god’s image. In Tikkun, bodies are fearsome, straining on toilets or bleeding on the ground, hands clenched too tight. The movie, slow as life, is curious about how people live through a horror of themselves, the way their bodies betray them and they betray god. Shot like a photo album, gorgeous frame after gorgeous frame, it continually suggests that crisis and struggle can be beautiful when viewed from the right angle.
June 07, 2016
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Like Charles Burnett’s Killer of Sheep, a neorealist account of life in a Los Angeles ghetto, Tikkun feels like an ethnographic film shot by someone from the community it documents, managing simultaneously to keep a critical distance from the material while maintaining a certain credulity and wonder toward the proceedings.
March 13, 2016
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What are people saying?

  • El Biffo's rating of the film Tikkun

    The Eraserhead of Hasidic Cinema. 4.5*

  • ginobartolomi's rating of the film Tikkun

    A strange fable of Tarkovskian proportions, 'Tikkun' is gripping with its minimal structure and sick little sense of humor. Haim-Aaron is an Orthodox Jew- he is sucked deep into his faith, the limits of his devotion are tested. 'Tikkun' is a hebrew word meaning 'fixing' or 'rectification'. This film follows God's will as it relates to Haim-Aaron and the fate of anyone that stands in its way.

  • MATTEO BITTANTI's rating of the film Tikkun

    Gustave Courbet: El Desperado discovers l'Origine du Monde but loses his family along the way. You can't eat your cake, and have it too.

  • kevcold's rating of the film Tikkun

    The first 1/3 of this film mostly worked for me. Deliberately drawn out, camera hanging on some lovely images; a purposeful slow pace. But that pace wore on me and became tedious. This film should probably not have been more than 90 minutes, at which point I lost interest. Not enough here, I don't think, for a full 2 hours. I would love to watch a more tautly edited cut, because I do think there's a good film in here

  • Loz Loory's rating of the film Tikkun

    2.5 Far too long, though the cinematography is beautiful. The father is well-drawn as an Old Testament patriarch incarnate: he is the merciful/vengeful hand of God, giving and taking away life. Good comic bit with the group of rabbis smoking while the one nonsmoker coughs. Being an outsider in this community doesn't take much. Necrophilia shot was disgusting. How come it's never a male corpse that gets defiled?

  • internisus's rating of the film Tikkun

    "What nerve. Two souls in one lifetime. The nerve." A subdued, tragic ghost story about a resuscitated man who should have stayed dead, instead becoming increasingly restless and drawn to the worldly indulgences he had once denied his body before eventually sinking into depravity. "Tikkun" literally means rectification, as in the concept of tikkun olam—mending the world. And that's exactly what happens in the end.

  • ydpopov@gmail.com's rating of the film Tikkun

    Captivating cinematography and acting carry you along the winding path of a perplexed soul. At times tempting you to smile at the absurd, but offering quilt if you dare... the irony of tragedy or is it the opposite? Well done from any angle.

  • Pok's rating of the film Tikkun

    Interesante cuestionamiento al fundamentalismo religioso, cuyas represiones a la sensualidad del cuerpo no pueden sino generar neurosis. Las actuaciones son excelentes, la trama cautiva a pesar de su estilo parsimonioso y su ritmo pausado, la escalación de las transgresiones alcanza niveles perturbadores e incómodos y deja mucho que reflexionar, como toda buena obra de arte debería hacer.

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