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Mendy (2003)

 |  Drama  |  20 September 2003 (USA)
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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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Credited cast:
Deana Barone ...
Gittie
Elizabeth Cano ...
Maria
Kristen Cecala ...
Beth
Spencer Chandler ...
Gabriela Dias ...
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Yelena Shmulenson ...
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Isaac Stein ...
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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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Bianca: Do you believe in God?
Mendy: Of course.
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A must-see for all in search of real characters.
23 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mendy brought me in contact with a culture I knew very little about in a very modern way. Instead of following the typical introduction of a people through their rituals, the film actually deconstructs this culture via its main character. This unusual journey of a Hassidic Jew on the path of Western hedonism not only brings to light the sectarianism of such drastic religions, it also point the finger at the lack of spirituality (not religiosity) in the United States. By clashing these two worlds, Mr. Vardy has discovered what we could expect to be a controversial explosion. But far from simply contenting himself with the shock factor, the director finds the root of beautiful emotions, sincerity, loneliness, and therefore serves to us a palette of characters so sincere and touching that one cannot help but be carried into the story. Ivan Sandomire's acting is surprisingly dead-on for a newcomer and not once did I question the sincerity of his actions. Adam Vardy has tackled a difficult subject matter with tact and the result is worthy of the best festivals.


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