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Mendy is a young Brookyln Hasid who leaves the strict rules of his insular and repressive community to join his childhood friend, Yankel, who is living securlary in Manhattan. Mendy's ... See full summary »


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Yelena Shmulenson ...
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Mendy is a young Brookyln Hasid who leaves the strict rules of his insular and repressive community to join his childhood friend, Yankel, who is living securlary in Manhattan. Mendy's struggle to integrate his faith and traditions with the modern world are influenced by his growing friendship with Bianca, Yankel's free spirited Brazilian roommate. Written by Anonymous

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Mendy, a Hassidic Jew from Brooklyn, learns to live in the secular and seemingly "sinful" world of Manhattan.



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The camera shows Mendy from the side as he approaches a door and knocks. He waits a bit for a someone to open the door, then knocks on the door again. Then, the camera switches to a front view and shows that the door is clearly secured with a chain and padlock. See more »


Yankel: Girls are like lemons, squeeze what you can out of them, then throw them in the garbage.
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This movie IS ALL TRUE.
5 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hi, My name is Chani and I was at the movie "Mendy" last night.

I sat in the theater for a while after the credits rolled and then remained in a quiet space for some time in the car.

My friend asked me"Chani, What are you thinking..." To which I responded "I am not thinking, I am just feeling."

At that moment I remembered the part in the film where Bianca asks Mendy not to think only to feel and his total perplexed look. He had no idea what she was asking from him, he had never experienced that.

I was able to see some progress in my journey, reflecting that I was in a space where I could JUST FEEL and NOT THINK!!! Thank you for that.

The reality: I have watched many movies based on the Jewish Community that I come from, and yet there are always things (sometimes even only one thing) that could never have taken place.. something quiet not kosher. This movie IS ALL TRUE. Has happened to different people at different times. I know them, I AM ONE OF THEM.

I love the fact that it did not have a definite goal or point. It was a story of the Journey.. the hardship we face.. the reality that we have so few choices... the pain we take in becoming healthy individuals in a society that is so foreign from us, yet within miles of our life.

How many of us turn out to be Yanky, drunk, high and running constantly to the unknown, doing the illegal and finding no purpose. How even when we try to make love, we have no words for it. We do not know how to say it, to appreciate its beauty. We make those we treasure run from us due to our ignorance, our lack of social etiquette.

How very few of us find inner peace, inner joy and spirituality among the outside world.

How no matter how far we run, we carry in our bags our Tefillin, and in the most unexpected moments take them out and pray.

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