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Devoutly religious Ruth returns from Israel to care for her dying mother, but when she tries to bring her estranged brother David back into the fold, in accordance with her mother's wishes,... See full summary »

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Josh Appignanesi
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amber Aga ... Tanya (as Amber Agar)
Nick Atkinson Nick Atkinson ... Broadcaster (voice)
Tamara Barnett-Herrin Tamara Barnett-Herrin ... Abigail's Friend (voice)
Amanda Boxer ... Rachel Silverbaum
Chai Chai ... Eager Student
Joel Chalfen Joel Chalfen ... David Cohen
Michael Colgan Michael Colgan ... Male Journalist (voice)
Félicité Du Jeu Félicité Du Jeu ... Abigail
Philip Dunbar Philip Dunbar ... Isaac
Sue Kelvin Sue Kelvin ... Orna Laitner
Elliot Levey ... Gideon (as Elliot Levy)
Leon Lissek ... Rabbi Berg
Stavros Louca Stavros Louca ... Masked Hulk
Allan McTaggart Allan McTaggart ... Man on Towpath
Justine Mitchell Justine Mitchell ... Laura
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Devoutly religious Ruth returns from Israel to care for her dying mother, but when she tries to bring her estranged brother David back into the fold, in accordance with her mother's wishes, the result is a startling journey into the darkest realms of sexual obsession: a forbidden game under the guise of religious law. Dark, ambiguous and distinctly adult, this study of belief and desire, set in the cloistered world of London's Orthodox Jewish community, thoughtfully explores the links between faith and violence, denial and longing. Written by Edinburgh Film Festival Catalogue 2005

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English | Hebrew

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10 February 2006 (UK) See more »

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London, England, UK

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1.85 : 1
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Love and death in Hendon
18 June 2009 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

A dying mother, religious instruction, hidden lusts and family secrets define this drama about a rather unhappy Jewish family living in north London. The drama has few words and a low budget feel, but some artistic thought has clearly gone into creating it. Yet I struggled to understand what the film was really supposed to be about. Why was the mother dying, why had the son left, what was the origin nature of the characters' religious faith? - the film gave hints that there were answers to these questions, but left too much unexplained to excite my interest or make me care for the protagonists. A movie doesn't need to spell everything out; but if everything is left mysterious, it's hard for the viewer to relate.


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