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Ushpizin (2004)

Ha-Ushpizin (original title)
PG | | Drama | 25 November 2005 (USA)
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An Orthodox Jewish couple's faith is tested after praying to the Lord for a child on the Succoth holiday.

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Gidi Dar (as Giddi Dar)

Writers:

Udi Lion (story editor), Shuli Rand
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Cast

Credited cast:
Shuli Rand ... Moshe
Michal Bat-Sheva Rand Michal Bat-Sheva Rand ... Malli Bellanga
Shaul Mizrahi ... Eliyahu Scorpio
Ilan Ganani Ilan Ganani ... Yossef
Avraham Abutboul Avraham Abutboul ... Ben Baruch
Yonathan Danino Yonathan Danino ... Gabai
Daniel Dayan Daniel Dayan ... The Rabbi (as Rabbi Daniel Dayan)
Michael Weigel ... Ethrog Assessor (as Michael Vaigel)
Daniel Rand Daniel Rand ... Elazar
Yizhak Levkovits Yizhak Levkovits ... Charity
Shmuel Ovadia Shmuel Ovadia ... Wolf
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Moti Ben Ishai ... Ederi
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Storyline

In Jerusalem's orthodox neighborhoods, it's Succoth, seven days celebrating life's essentials in a sukkah, a temporary shack of both deprivation and hospitality. A devout couple, Moshe and Mali, married nearly five years and childless, are broke and praying for a miracle. Suddenly, miracles abound: a friend finds Moshe a sukkah he says is abandoned, Moshe is the beneficiary of local charitable fundraising, and two escaped convicts arrive on Moshe and Mali's doorstep in time to be their ushpizin - their guests. The miracles then become trials. Rabbinical advice, absolution, an effort to avoid anger, and a 1000-shekel citron figure in Moshe's dark night of the soul. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

You see a lemon ... they see a Miracle See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

Israel

Language:

Hebrew | Yiddish

Release Date:

25 November 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Goscie See more »

Filming Locations:

Jerusalem, Israel

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$64,423, 23 October 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,397,999, 15 January 2006
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Production Co:

Eddie King Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Shuli Rand had two conditions for making this movie, both were met. The first was that his real-life wife, Michal Bat-Sheva Rand, would play his wife in the film. The second is that in Israel the film would not be screened on the Jewish Sabbath. See more »

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Narrator: They worked out of luck, out of hope. And faith was all they had to hang on to. But on this holy week, where guests are considered a blessing, these two unexpected visitors bring with them: a secret from the past. A secret that would test their love and challenge their faith. Now only a miracle will turn their fortune around.
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References Sami and Susu (1968) See more »

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Waiting for a miracle...
30 January 2006 | by G_a_l_i_n_aSee all my reviews

This comedy which received Best Picture award from Israeli Critics in 2004 reveals a world that most of us don't know at all – the world of pious, ultra-Orthodox Jews in the Jerusalem courtyards that seem to be indifferent to what century or even millennium is passing by. On the eve of the Jewish harvest holiday of Succoth, Moshe and Mali, a devoutly religious but impoverished couple, pray fervently for a miracle that they desperately need – for money they need to build a Sukkah for holiday, for "ushpizin" ("holy guests") to share the holiday with, and for the most wonderful miracle of all, for a child they dream of but don't have. A series of unexpected events occur, including the appearance of two "unholy guests" – two escaped parolees from Moshe's wild past. Moshe and Mali invited the guests to share the holiday with them, and more unpredictable events would follow...

"Ushpizin" is the first collaborative effort between Israel's religious and secular communities and it features many non-professionals who gave very good performances in the movie. Shuli Rand, the writer-star of the movie and his real life wife, Michal Bat-Sheva Rand played Moshe and Mali, and their chemistry is palpable and real contributing to this thoroughly charming story of faith, love, and devotion.


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