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Devoutly religious Ruth returns from Israel to care for her dying mother, but when she tries to bring her estranged brother David back into the fold, in accordance with her mother's wishes, the result is a startling journey into the darkest realms of sexual obsession: a forbidden game under the guise of religious law. Dark, ambiguous and distinctly adult, this study of belief and desire, set in the cloistered world of London's Orthodox Jewish community, thoughtfully explores the links between faith and violence, denial and longing. Written by Edinburgh Film Festival Catalogue 2005

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Love and death in Hendon
18 June 2009 | by (Saffron Walden, UK) – See all my reviews

A dying mother, religious instruction, hidden lusts and family secrets define this drama about a rather unhappy Jewish family living in north London. The drama has few words and a low budget feel, but some artistic thought has clearly gone into creating it. Yet I struggled to understand what the film was really supposed to be about. Why was the mother dying, why had the son left, what was the origin nature of the characters' religious faith? - the film gave hints that there were answers to these questions, but left too much unexplained to excite my interest or make me care for the protagonists. A movie doesn't need to spell everything out; but if everything is left mysterious, it's hard for the viewer to relate.


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