Yotam, a thirteen year-old boy studying at an ultra-orthodox Jewish boarding school tries to battle the awakening of his sexual desires. Confused and guilt-ridden, he consults with his ... See full summary »

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Lior Shabtai ...
Yotam
Yuval Berger ...
Rabbi
Omri Aisha ...
Shlomo
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Yotam, a thirteen year-old boy studying at an ultra-orthodox Jewish boarding school tries to battle the awakening of his sexual desires. Confused and guilt-ridden, he consults with his rabbi who abuses his position and Yotam's innocence. With no one to trust and nowhere to go, Yotam finds himself trapped by the enforced silence in his community. Written by Meni Philip

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2 October 2009 (USA)  »

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Excellent indie study of abuse in a yeshiva
21 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sinner is a grim, but extremely-well done tale of abuse in an ultra-orthodox boarding yeshiva in Israel. Yotam is a shy 13-year-old who seeks advice about the confusing feelings he's beginning to experience. The rabbi he confides in takes advantage of him. All that happens fairly quickly in the beginning of the short movie, and many films would've ended the story there.

However, Sinner goes on to give a deep look into Yotam's resultant suffering. We can feel his panic, his sense of being trapped, his desperation in looking for a way to leave, or find someone he can trust. It's this palpable emotion, and the great acting behind it, that make Sinner more than just another low-budget coming-of-age drama. Don't expect a Hollywood ending... this is a portrait more than a story, but an excellent portrait.


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