Andrew Garfield, Mahershala Ali, Ruth Negga, and five others received their first-ever acting nominations for 2017. While these actors are new to the Academy Awards, you may recognize them from their earlier work.
A documentary that follows a few girls and boys as they prepare for their bar mitzvahs. Orthodox to more liberal ceremonies are covered. The one for the boy that wants to be Zorro has to share the screen with other productions, though the Zorro themed one is the most ambitious of the lot. It is almost a film-within-a-film production, with a horse-riding, would-be swashbuckler. It is a shame that, having primed us for a big spectacle, the film shows us a few snippets of the final results only while the credits are rolling.
For someone who is not familiar with this Jewish tradition, the documentary is sort of a primer on the subject.
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