Nyff 2011. Joseph Cedar's "Footnote"

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"If Henry Kissinger really invented the apercu 'academic politics are so vicious precisely because the stakes are so low,' it would have been the cleverest (and probably the least evil) thing he ever said," writes Shelly Kraicer in Cinema Scope. "Joseph Cedar's brilliant academic comedy Footnote is an elaborate, witty, and deeply human investigation of that idea, and much more. Cedar frames his story as a post-Oedipal (or perhaps it's post-Northrop Frye) struggle between two Hebrew University-based Talmudic scholars: senior philologist Eliezer Shkolnik (Shlomo Bar Aba) and his son Uriel (Lior Ashkenazi). Public speeches notwithstanding, the pair's relationship is tinged with a furious rivalry: Eliezer thinks his son is a superficial celebrity scholar, while Uriel resents the senior Shkolnik's lifelong immersion in textual minutiae. Eliezer is also terminally aggrieved that his work has never won the Israel Prize, the pinnacle of state recognition. When a minor bureaucratic snafu
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