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Everyone has a couch. Not everyone has a couch with a story like this.
Divan is the quest for a turn of the century Hungarian couch upon which Hassidic rabbis slept. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Pearl Gluck ... Herself - Narrator
Amichai Lau Lavie ... Himself
Basya Schechter ... Herself
Giti Koenig ... Herself
Isaac Stein ... Himself
Jeanette Friedman ... Herself
Louis Farkowitz ... Himself
Mark Joseph Altman ... Himself
Michelle Miller ... Herself
Pessy Sloan ... Herself
Bruriah Sloan ... Herself
Rosalie Osian ... Herself
Sarah Cecilie Finkelstein ... Herself
Yermiyahu Ahron Taub ... Himself
Malke Feldman ... Herself - My Great Aunt
Jeff Taylor ... Himself - Exporter in Hungary
Judy Gluck ... Herself - My Mother
Leo Cianci ... Himself - Her Dance Partner
Meshulm Rottenberg ... Himself - Kossonye Grandchild (as Meshulem Rottenberg)
Nedivah Rottenberg ... Herself - His Wife (as Nediva Rottenberg)
Jolán Kuruc ... Herself - Grandfather's First Cousin
Éva Fehérvári ... Herself - Her Family
János Fehérvári ... Himself - Her Family
András Fehérvári ... Himself - Her Family
Katalin Kurucz ... Herself - Her Family
Péter Hagen ... Himself - Her Family (as Péter Hágen)
György Fröhlich ... Himself - Budapest Baker
Vera Fröhlich ... Herself - His Wife
Robert Frohlich ... Himself - His Son, the Rabbi (as Rabbi Róbert Fröhlich)
Katalin Sommer ... Herself - Budapest Wigmaker
Dezsõ Kõvári ... Himself - Budapest Kosher Butcher (as Deszõ Kõvári)
Leon Breuer ... Himself - Upholsterer
Baruch Rose ... Himself - Grandfather's First Cousin
Steve Fallon ... Himself - Lonely Planet Writer
Zev Goldinger ... Himself - 'Billy Básci'
Nora Wildgen ... Herself - Miracle Story, Mother
Leo Wildgen-White ... Himself - Miracle Story: Child
Miriam Rosenwasser ... Herself - The Kings Hotel Proprietor
Éva Singer ... Herself - Meet-A-Mate Lady
Sherry Singer ... Herself - Meet-A-Mate Lady
Péter Reinhardt ... Himself - Ecseri Flea Market Vendor

Directed by
Pearl Gluck 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Pearl Gluck  writer
Susan Korda 

Produced by
Pearl Gluck .... producer
Sarah Goodman .... associate producer
Isaac Stein .... associate producer
András Surányi .... associate producer: Hungary
Original Music by
Frank London 
Cinematography by
William Tyler Smith 
Film Editing by
Zelda Greenstein 
Sound Department
Tom Hambleton .... re-recording mixer
Tom Hambleton .... sound designer
Tom Hambleton .... sound editor
Jerry Horwath .... assistant dialogue editor
Michael Schafer .... assistant dialogue editor
László Szakács .... additional production sound
Tamás Zányi .... production sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Miklós Buk .... second camera operator (as Miklos Buk)
Chris Edwards .... additional photographer (as Christopher Edwards)
Pearl Gluck .... director of photography: additional photography
Leon Grodski .... director of photography: additional photography
John Kirby .... additional photographer
Editorial Department
Jennie Allen .... assistant editor
Pete Beaudreau .... additional editor
Hanley Braginsky .... post-production assistant
Steve Fischer .... on-line editor
Amanda P. Fowler .... post-production assistant
Adrienne Haspel .... assistant editor
Vivian Kamen .... post-production assistant
Other crew
Krisztina Biber .... translator
András Fehérvári .... translator
Eric Goldhagen .... technology supporter
Adrienne Haspel .... translator
Terry L. James .... digital film transfer
Brian P. Olson .... title designer: subtitles
Brendan Perreault .... technology supporter
Ed Raeker .... title designer
Robert L. Seigel .... production counsel (as Robert L. Siegel Esq.)
Dan Sieradski .... technology supporter (as Daniel Sieradski)
William Tyler Smith .... creative consultant
Péter Solymosi .... translator

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
humorous, sincere, insightful, 6 May 2004
Author: brindledhound-1 ( from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Divan is a wonderful little documentary I was pleased to see at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival in 2004. It follows a "slipped" (meaning to be living outside the community) Hasidic woman-Pearl Gluck, the director- on her quest to acquire the ancient Divan couch that has the history of having been slept on by famous Jewish Rabbes.

There are a number of reasons that this documentary works as well as it does. Gluck is not a film maker, so the filming is amateurish and the flow seems disjointed at times, but these factors are irrelevant compared to the energetic editing and truly excellent soundtrack. However, it's the sincerity in her story-telling and honest love of her family's Hasidic heritage that make it compelling. And like all good documentaries, Divan uses a simple plot to really tell the story of something else, which in this case is Gluck's relationship with her father and Boro Park community whom she left as a child.

I had the unique opportunity to hear Gluck speak about her film after the viewing and her insights helped put a finer point on her excellent film, which is about the struggle to find happiness between traditions that you are connected to but at the same time reject.

Divan is delightful without being sentimental, and a great education on the more esoteric aspects of fundamentalist Judaism for non-Jews (like myself) and believers alike. Foe example the scenes of the prayer sessions on the pilgrimage and the Tish celebration were quite moving.

Well done, worth seeing.

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