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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aaron Fleischman (as Zohar Strauss)
Tinkerbell ...
Rivka Fleischman
Rabbi Vaisben
Avi Grainik ...
Israel Fischer (as Avi Grayinik)
Eva Zrihen-Attali ...
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 ...
Tal Barak ...
Bar Kalfin ...
Royi Zolicha ...


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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Drama | Romance


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2 September 2009 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Eyes Wide Open  »

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


$30,818 (USA) (5 March 2010)

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Rabbi Vaisben: [translated] He who dwells in abstinence is a sinner. A man who prevents himself from drinking wine is a sinner. He makes a sacrifice. Why? God doesn't want a man to suffer. He shouldn't cause himself sorrow. Why has God created the world? To make good for us, to ease our souls.
Aaron Fleischman: Rabbi, this doesn't satisfy me. He who drinks wine doesn't want to deal with the challenge. Worshipping God is an everyday duty. It means loving the difficulties. Being a slave of God means loving the hardship.
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Honest & integer debut
12 May 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Situated in the orthodox Jewish community in Jerusalem this debut is a rare intimate view into a closed community where everyone keeps a close watch on each other and keep hold with an invisible grip. It's about homosexuality this time but it could have been about any other subject that is controversial. More than anything it's about the pressure of a community that gives one no other choice than either to bend or to break under the pressure.

Integer, honest and touching this movie tells itself by the images and not by an abundance of words. Silence contributes to the impact like a sonic boom. This movie is felt as much as it is seen. Wonderful, a gem.

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