There may well be precedents, but I honestly can't remember the last time I saw a movie about a passionate gay relationship played out amid Jerusalem's orthodox Hasidic community. It says a lot about Eyes Wide Open (2009, 12, Peccadillo), however, that the apparent novelty of its subject matter (which has provoked the inevitable moniker "a Jewish Brokeback Mountain") never overshadows the haunting power of the film. Zohar Strauss stars as Aaron, the married butcher who invites enigmatic student Ezri (Ran Danker) into his home and business with emotionally and socially disruptive results. Religion and dawning sexuality clash as the two men embark upon a furtive, forbidden relationship under the mournful eye of Aaron's increasingly estranged wife, to the mounting hostility of the strictly demarcated community.
Demonstrating an unfussy empathy for his subjects, director Haim Tabakman