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Ha-Hesder (2000)

Not Rated | | Drama | 30 November 2000 (Israel)
Is today's fanaticism tomorrow's policy? In a West Bank settlement, Rabbi Meltzer has a grand design: he's building a movement "to pray at the Temple Mount." His yeshiva has scholars, and ... See full summary »

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Joseph Cedar

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Joseph Cedar

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Cast

Cast overview:
Aki Avni ... Menachem
Tinkerbell ... Michal
Idan Alterman ... Pini
Assi Dayan ... Rabbi Meltzer
Micha Celektar ... Itamar
Amnon Wolf ... Mookie
Shimon Mimran Shimon Mimran ... Benny
Uri Klauzner ... Sivan (as Uri Klausner)
Samuel Calderon ... Doron (as Shemuel Kalderon)
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Is today's fanaticism tomorrow's policy? In a West Bank settlement, Rabbi Meltzer has a grand design: he's building a movement "to pray at the Temple Mount." His yeshiva has scholars, and the settlement is getting its own military company to be commanded by Menachem, a disciple of the rabbi. He also wants his daughter, Michal, to marry Pini, the yeshiva's best scholar. Michal has no interest in Pini, but she is attracted to Menachem. When she rebuffs Pini, he hatches a bold and secret plan. Is jealousy the motivation or something else? Meanwhile, the army and Mossad are closely watching the rabbi's activities and Menachem's military training. Who is trustworthy? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

Israel

Language:

Hebrew

Release Date:

30 November 2000 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,473, 20 January 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$137,340, 7 July 2002
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Israel's Nominee to the Academy Awards is One Part Romance, One Part Action and another Part Politics
28 January 2001 | by havana-2See all my reviews

Joseph Cedar's directing debut garnered the Israeli Academy Award and early Academy Foriegn Film recognition for a good reason. It is a good film. Unlike recent Israeli exports, Haesder or Time of Favor as it is titled in English is technically superb and fluid in how it delivers its story line. The very talented Aki Avni plays Menachem, a religious soldier. He is a disciple of his local rabbi who believes in settling areas in Jerusalem that are in conflict. The rabbi is played by Israeli actor/director and son of war hero Moshe Dayan- Asi Dayan. The rabbi promises his daughter to another of his disciples and a friend of Menachem's- a religious scholar named Pini. Meanwhile a love triangle develops. Inrtigue and action come into play and the end culminates with brilliant rhythmn and suspense. The film is shot superbly considering its relative low budget and the production value is high. Many of the military sequencesand scenes are reminiscent of THREE KINGS, and the score is Yanni-esque and adds a middle eastern flavor to this politically significant and turbulent movie. I reccomend this movie highly without reservations. It should be seen, I saw it in a large movie theatre and was moved as was the rest of the audience.


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