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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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Dolby SR

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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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Miracles happen
31 October 2004 | by leka66See all my reviews

The movie gives you a chance to think what are miracles, are they worthed and how much do you have to pay for them.

The Bellangas live in deep poverty. They are so poor that they have nothing to eat, and they cannot buy anything for the coming festival of Succot.They are also waiting more than 5 years for a child. But a miracle happens and they get 1000$ and a Succah.

However, 2 former friends, who are escaping criminals come as guests for the holiday. The Bellangas will have to pass a trial of hospitality before the movie ends.

I really enjoyed the movie which gave me plenty of things to think about. Are we really important in this world? What are our daily trials? How do we face them?


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