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Hofshat Kaits (2007)

Not Rated | | Drama | 16 May 2008 (USA)
A respected rabbi is forced to come to terms with the demands of his faith and the welfare of his own family.

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David Volach

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David Volach
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Credited cast:
Assi Dayan ... Rabbi Abraham Eidelmann
Ilan Griff ... Menahem Eidelmann
Sharon Hacohen ... Esther Eidelmann (as Sharon Hacohen-Bar)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roni Aharon Roni Aharon
Nitsam Bar Nitsam Bar
Yonathan Bashayev Yonathan Bashayev
Idit Ben abu Idit Ben abu
Baruch Bernshtain Baruch Bernshtain
Sarit Dalon Sarit Dalon
Pini Gorlik Pini Gorlik
Yeduha Grovals Yeduha Grovals
Aviad Hasdiel Aviad Hasdiel
Shmuel Levin Shmuel Levin
Orian Orian
Michal Rubin Michal Rubin
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Abraham Eidelmann, an old ultra-orthodox rabbi, has a young wife, Esther, and a young son, Menahem. He spends all his time praying, studying the Torah and preparing his sermons. Abraham has not much time to devote to Esther, who craves affection, nor to Menahem, who is awakening to life. But today Menahem is happy. His father has accepted to go to the Dead Sea for their holidays. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Official Sites:

Sophie Dulac [France]

Country:

Israel

Language:

Hebrew

Release Date:

16 May 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

My Father My Lord See more »

Filming Locations:

Dead Sea, Israel See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,096, 18 May 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$108,698, 22 June 2008
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A moving character study of an Orthodox Jewish family
7 November 2009 | by AustenD2See all my reviews

This movie can seem a little slow if you are expecting a traditional Western film, but if you watch this film with an open mind willing to enjoy the art of the film-maker, then this film is absolutely phenomenal! After watching this film for the first time, I just sat there in silence, moved into thoughtfulness at its conclusion.

This film is an in-depth character study of an Orthodox Jewish family in Israel. It is told largely through imagery, supplemented with sparse conversations which are in Hebrew with English subtitles. The film follows a few days in the life of this family which demonstrates their fervent devotion to their God and religion. Most of the story is told from the perspective of their young son (again, mostly in silence through his eyes), in a very realistic portrayal of Orthodox Jewish families in Israel.

Though you don't really perceive it until the end, the film is focused around this family's response to their faith meeting tragedy. Much of the imagery and many subtle themes wrap around this central idea.

The film-makers have done an excellent job with this film, in my opinion. Theirs is not a traditional film model, and I really appreciated this. This story is truly a work of art, and it has become one of my favorite movies. It is well worth a thoughtful viewing that will challenge how you live your own faith.


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