Living in Oakland, California, the Naumanns are outwardly a loving, supportive family. Husband and father Saul Naumann is a Religious Studies professor, and looks to his religious training in Judaism as tenets for his family to live. He has high expectations for all members of his family. His mid-teen son, Aaron Naumann, idolizes his father, and does whatever he can to please him. His pre-teen daughter, Eliza Naumann, often feels the neglected child. So when Saul eventually learns that Eliza is participating and excelling in spelling bees, she becomes the focus of his life as he believes that letters in the form of words will lead to answers to the universe. That change in focus to Eliza makes Aaron now feel the neglected one, he who strikes out quietly in his own way with the help of Chali, a young woman he meets. But the person who has felt the most pressure within Saul's way of life is his wife, Miriam Naumann, a microbiologist. She converted from Catholicism to Judaism when she ... Written by
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When Aaron goes to Church, after the priest says "This is the Lamb of God...etc" Catholics should answer: "Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed". People in the Church do not respond to the priest, but go directly to receive Communion, and it is very clear that the ceremony going on is Catholic See more »
National Spelling Bee Pronouncer:
Number 14. Eliza Naumann, Oakland Tribune, Oakland, California. "Oppidan".
My father told me once that words and letters hold all the secrets of the universe. That in there shapes and sounds, I could find everything and see beyond myself, to something special. Perfect. My father told me once that I could reach the ear of God.
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rarely have i seen such a wonderful, touching and deep movie. i think it is a masterpiece about the human condition and the human relationships. it has some amazing imagery and i simply loved the idea of it all. the fact that people can be so close and yet so far apart, that one can try and mend one's life but capturing the light...or can hear the voice of God through words it is so ingenious and beautiful! i loved loved loved the movie and i sincerely recommend it to all those who believe in the light of the spirit and to those who love the mystery of life. the actors were convincing and the kids just beautiful. it is a story about the human quest of the holy grail; they search it in different ways but in fact it's the same thing. the one who makes it is the the purest at heart. a modern fairy tale about the search of the human soul...just beautiful!
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