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Ha-Ushpizin (2004)

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.

Director:

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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When you really need a miracle... See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »

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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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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 retired from acting after becoming religious. He returned to acting just to make this film. 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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Wonderful
1 May 2005 | by ebroadwaybearSee all my reviews

"Sad to be all alone in the world" WIthout children there is no laughter.... so starts the struggle of a Baal Tshuvah (returnees to Judaisn) family in Israel in the huge Breslower chassidic community. Moshe Balanga is struggling to put food on the table, although it is never explained WHY he doesn't work, he comes home dejected on the eve of the holiday of Sucot only to be told by his wife that his faith is lacking and that he should pray harder. Ushpizen is a look at the guarded frum (religious) community from the inside. No compromises of nudity, sex, violence, foul language are needed to tell this sweet, fast paced, emotional story. I saw it with a mostly Jewish audience, but sat next to a non jew who enjoyed it as much as I did. For all ages, for all walks of life.... You will cry, and you will laugh, and you will cheer when it is over. I can't wait to see it again, I suggest you run to see it when it hits national release in September.


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