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Ushpizin (2004)

Ha-Ushpizin (original title)
PG | | Drama | 25 November 2005 (USA)
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An Orthodox Jewish couple's faith is tested after praying to the Lord for a child on the Succoth holiday.

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Cast

Cast overview:
Shuli Rand ...
Moshe
Michal Bat-Sheva Rand ...
Malli Bellanga
Shaul Mizrahi ...
Eliyahu Scorpio
Ilan Ganani ...
Yossef
Avraham Abutboul ...
Ben Baruch
Yonathan Danino ...
Gabai
Daniel Dayan ...
The Rabbi (as Rabbi Daniel Dayan)
Michael Vaigel ...
Ethrog Assessor
Daniel Rand ...
Elazar
Yizhak Levkovits ...
Charity
Shmuel Ovadia ...
Wolf
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In Jerusalem's orthodox neighborhoods, it's Succoth, seven days celebrating life's essentials in a sukkah, a temporary shack of both deprivation and hospitality. A devout couple, Moshe and Mali, married nearly five years and childless, are broke and praying for a miracle. Suddenly, miracles abound: a friend finds Moshe a sukkah he says is abandoned, Moshe is the beneficiary of local charitable fundraising, and two escaped convicts arrive on Moshe and Mali's doorstep in time to be their ushpizin - their guests. The miracles then become trials. Rabbinical advice, absolution, an effort to avoid anger, and a 1000-shekel citron figure in Moshe's dark night of the soul. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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When you really need a miracle... See more »

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Opening Weekend:

$64,423 (USA) (21 October 2005)

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$1,397,999 (USA) (13 January 2006)
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Shuli Rand retired from acting after becoming religious. He returned to acting just to make this film. See more »

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Narrator: They worked out of luck, out of hope. And faith was all they had to hang on to. But on this holy week, where guests are considered a blessing, these two unexpected visitors bring with them: a secret from the past. A secret that would test their love and challenge their faith. Now only a miracle will turn their fortune around.
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Miracles happen
31 October 2004 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

The movie gives you a chance to think what are miracles, are they worthed and how much do you have to pay for them.

The Bellangas live in deep poverty. They are so poor that they have nothing to eat, and they cannot buy anything for the coming festival of Succot.They are also waiting more than 5 years for a child. But a miracle happens and they get 1000$ and a Succah.

However, 2 former friends, who are escaping criminals come as guests for the holiday. The Bellangas will have to pass a trial of hospitality before the movie ends.

I really enjoyed the movie which gave me plenty of things to think about. Are we really important in this world? What are our daily trials? How do we face them?


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