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  • An elderly woman, whose children have all grown up and left home, struggles to readjust to the world and find new purpose in her life after the recent death of her husband. When a cable repairman visits her house to fix her television, he finds himself smothered with attention as she tries to reach out to a world that is rapidly leaving her behind.

  • An examination of growing old and enduring life's everyday tragedies in the midst of contemporary society. Emotionally uprooted after the recent death of her husband, Esther Kern is trying to return to normal life after completing her Shiva - a week-long period of family mourning mandated in the Jewish religion. Mrs. Kern's children - a successful ophthalmologist and the wife of a busy businessman - have long since moved away to start families of their own, setting aside the traditions of the Jewish faith which she so cherishes for the concerns of daily life. Tentatively embarking upon her reentry into the world, Mrs. Kern is visited by a cable repairman, who has come to her house to fix a problem with her reception. Deprived of her lifetime role as both wife and mother, she tries to forge an emotional connection with this stranger - telling stories about her family and bringing him cake and coffee - all in an effort to fill the void left by her recent loss. But unsure of what to make of this unexpected situation, the repairman find himself at once taken aback and drawn in by the residue of tragedy that lingers in the home.


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