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Ushpizin (2004)
"Ha-Ushpizin" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  August 2004 (Israel)
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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 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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jerusalem | guest | jewish | citron | holiday | 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 had two conditions for making this movie, both were met. The first was that his real-life wife, Michal Bat-Sheva Rand, would play his wife in the film. The second is that in Israel the film would not be screened on the Jewish sabbath. 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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Idealized but moving
20 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For someone unfamiliar with the culture, Ushpizin may be like visiting another planet full of strange people, unfamiliar rules, and absolutely opposite priorities. It quickly becomes a human fable with which all of us can connect deeply, however: the blessings and curses that come with wishes that are granted, the confusion of figuring out how the big picture will play out in our smallest choices, the warmth and pressure of belonging to a wider community of similarly confused and agitated people.

Some of the characters border on lovable stereotypes, and the picture painted is of a world in which good is absolutely guaranteed to conquer evil, but it is nonetheless believable and suspenseful. You really should see it.


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