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Eyes Wide Open (2009)
"Einayim Petukhoth" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  2 September 2009 (France)
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A married, Orthodox, Jerusalem butcher and Jewish father of four falls in love with his handsome, 22-year-old male apprentice, triggering the suspicions of his wife and the disapproval of his Orthodox community.

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Aaron Fleischman (as Zohar Strauss)
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Tinkerbell ...
Rivka Fleischman
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Rabbi Vaisben
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Mordechai
Avi Grainik ...
Israel Fischer (as Avi Grayinik)
Eva Zrihen-Attali ...
Sara
Haim Zanati ...
Ultraourthodox Weirdo (as Haim Znati)
Mati Atlas ...
Ex-boy Friend
Iftach Ophir ...
Head of Yeshiva Student in the Butchery (as Iftach Ofir)
Safrira Zachai ...
Fischer's Mother (as Shafrira Zakai)
Lidor Daudi ...
Yakov
Tal Barak ...
David
Bar Kalfin ...
Shimon
Royi Zolicha ...
Nataniel
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Aaron (Zohar Shtrauss), a respected butcher and a family man in an Ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Jerusalem, leads a conservative life of community devotion and spiritual dedication. Aaron's life undergoes a series of emotional changes following the arrival of a young apprentice (Ran Danker) to his shop. Consumed with lust, the handsome "Yeshiva" student irreversibly transforms the intricate beliefs in the once-devoted butcher's life - leading Aaron to question his relationships with his wife Rivka (Tinkerbell), children, community, and God. Written by kirstein-1 / edited by TrivWhiz

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$6,818 (USA) (5 February 2010)

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$30,818 (USA) (5 March 2010)
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Head of Yeshiva Student in the Butchery: [translated] Look, Reb Aaron, the boy that works for you doesn't belong here.
Aaron Fleischman: What do you mean?
Head of Yeshiva Student in the Butchery: Nothing good can come out of this. There are rumors. He is a curse to righteous men. Butcher, don't bring him to our home. Don't take him to the synagogue, and not to our neighborhood.
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a trip
1 February 2012 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

emotion. as silk ladder. a love story in forbidden area. religion and relationship. nude tale about two different men and their sin/error/adventure/crazy act. few words. drops of gestures, looks and shadows of feelings. ball of sadness and strange happiness, vulnerabilities, courage and fear. a white paper and crumbs of letters. a stranger as seed of a dangerous experience. family, society and a young man from nowhere to nowhere. a ritual bath and work in a kosher meat shop. death of father and new forms of beginning. fragility of old world and ambiguous place in tradition circle. it is not a movie about gay love but only love. it is not a movie about Juwish traditional laws but only picture of a closed society. it is not just a movie. but images of a trip behind ordinary expectations.


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