7.1/10
5,134
29 user 110 critic

Footnote (2011)

Hearat Shulayim (original title)
PG | | Comedy, Drama | 25 May 2011 (Israel)
Trailer
2:01 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are father and son as well as rival professors in Talmudic Studies. When both men learn that Eliezer will be lauded for his work, their complicated relationship reaches a new peak.

Director:

Joseph Cedar

Writer:

Joseph Cedar
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 14 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Beaufort (2007)
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The story of a group of Israeli soldiers stationed in an outpost prior to the withdrawal of forces of 2000.

Director: Joseph Cedar
Stars: Alon Aboutboul, Adi Adouan, Ya'akov Ahimeir
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Zaza is a 31-year old Israeli bachelor, handsome and intelligent, and his family wants to see him married. But tradition dictates that Zaza has to choose a young virgin. She must be ... See full summary »

Director: Dover Koshashvili
Stars: Lior Ashkenazi, Ronit Elkabetz, Moni Moshonov
Ha-Hesder (2000)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Is today's fanaticism tomorrow's policy? In a West Bank settlement, Rabbi Meltzer has a grand design: he's building a movement "to pray at the Temple Mount." His yeshiva has scholars, and ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Cedar
Stars: Aki Avni, Tinkerbell, Idan Alterman
Mivtza Savta (TV Movie 1999)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Mivtza Savta ("Operation Grandma") is a satirical Israeli comedy about three very different brothers trying to get around many obstacles to bury their grandmother on her kibbutz. The story ... See full summary »

Director: Dror Shaul
Stars: Rami Heuberger, Ami Smolartchik, Tzach Shpitzen
The Policeman (1971)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Azulai is a policeman in Jaffa, whose incompetence is only matched by his soft-heartedness. His superiors want to send him to early retirement, but he would like to stay on the force, and ... See full summary »

Director: Ephraim Kishon
Stars: Shaike Ophir, Zaharira Harifai, Avner Hizkiyahu
Ajami (2009)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Ajami is the religiously mixed community of Muslims and Christians in Tel Aviv. These are five stories about the everyday life in Ajami.

Directors: Scandar Copti, Yaron Shani
Stars: Fouad Habash, Nisrin Siksik, Elias Saba
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A unit of female Israeli soldiers at a remote desert base bide their time as they count down the minutes until they can return to civilian life.

Director: Talya Lavie
Stars: Dana Ivgy, Nelly Tagar, Shani Klein
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Daphne and her four children try to cope with the abrupt death of husband/father. As the family seems to fall apart, a sudden incident gives them a chance to heal their 'broken wings'.

Director: Nir Bergman
Stars: Orly Silbersatz, Maya Maron, Nitai Gvirtz
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

As a family from India moves in to a desert neighborhood in Southern Israel in the 1960's, the family's eldest, beautiful daughter discovers friendship and romance with the lovely local ... See full summary »

Director: Avi Nesher
Stars: Neta Garty, Liraz Charhi, Aure Atika
Ha-Lahaka (1978)
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Comedic musical, about an army singing group.

Director: Avi Nesher
Stars: Gidi Gov, Liron Nirgad, Sassi Keshet
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Sergio Konstanza, a Swindler, owes money to Mr. Hasson. He escapes to the desert where he joins a wacky army reserve unit whose Sergeant is engaged to one of Mr. Hasson's Daughters.

Director: Assi Dayan
Stars: Yisrael Poliakov, Gavri Banai, Shaike Levi
Lebanon (2009)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

During the First Lebanon War in 1982, a lone tank and a paratroopers platoon are dispatched to search a hostile town.

Director: Samuel Maoz
Stars: Yoav Donat, Itay Tiran, Oshri Cohen
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shlomo Bar-Aba ... Eliezer Shkolnik (as Shlomo Bar Aba)
Lior Ashkenazi ... Uriel Shkolnik
Aliza Rosen ... Yehudit (as Alisa Rosen)
Alma Zack ... Dikla (as Alma Zak)
Micah Lewensohn Micah Lewensohn ... Grossman
Nevo Kimchi ... Fingerhut
Yuval Scharf ... Noa
Daniel Markovich Daniel Markovich ... Josh
Tsipi Gal Tsipi Gal ... Mystery Woman
Michael Koresh Michael Koresh ... Committee Member
Idit Teperson ... Committee Member
Shmuel Shiloh Shmuel Shiloh ... Committee Member (as Shmulik Shilo)
Albert Iluz ... Committee Member (as Albert Illouz)
Gad Kaynar Gad Kaynar ... Committee Member
Jackey Levi ... TV Host (as Jacky Levy)
Edit

Storyline

The story of a great rivalry between a father and son, both eccentric professors in the Talmud department of Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The son has an addictive dependency on the embrace and accolades that the establishment provides, while his father is a stubborn purist with a fear and profound revulsion for what the establishment stands for, yet beneath his contempt lies a desperate thirst for some kind of recognition. The Israel Prize, Israel's most prestigious national award, is the jewel that brings these two to a final, bitter confrontation. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Pride, Envy, Vanity... How far would you go for recognition?

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, brief nudity, language and smoking | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Israel

Language:

Hebrew

Release Date:

25 May 2011 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Footnote See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,528, 11 March 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,007,758

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,451,259
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Joseph Cedar is the son of the Israel Prize recipient, Haim Cedar. See more »

Goofs

At around 38:00, when Uriel enters the room that the committee is meeting in for the first time, he can open and close the door easily. But when he returns with a chair a few seconds later, suddenly there's not enough space to close it, despite his chair not being in the way. See more »

Quotes

Eliezer Shkolnik: A momentary lapse of concentration of the copyist, whose eye skips from one word to another, is called "homoeoteleuton."
See more »

Crazy Credits

The credits for the major cast and crew members all have the initial letters of their names in bold, echoing the plot device that causes the confusion between the father and son. See more »

Connections

Featured in Maltin on Movies: Project X (2012) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Envy is a funny thing
24 February 2012 | by www.ramascreen.comSee all my reviews

-- www.Ramascreen.com --

FOOTNOTE is an Israeli film that's Oscar-nominated this year for Foreign language category and I can see why it received the nod. It's quite possibly one of the funniest rivalry stories I've ever watched, and what makes the dilemma even more complicated is that it's between father and son. I think it's a well-made film, it's funny, it has its charms, you'll enjoy writer/director Joseph Cedar's way of telling you the backstories of each character, some of the scenes interestingly move like microform reel, those of us who didn't grow up knowing anything about Talmud or Jewish culture would get a slight education on one of some of the things they regard highly over there, but halfway through the film, it loses its attraction, it doesn't engage you enough, and ultimately it ends itself in somewhat of a tactless manner…

Eliezer is the father and Uriel is the son and they both share the same last name, and that's where the misunderstanding plays its card. Both individuals dabble in the same literature but the father is old-school and stubborn and even though the film doesn't come out and say it, he may also suffer from some kind of autism or something that keeps him from desiring any social contact unless it's meant to celebrate him, or perhaps he's just introverted to the extreme. The son is more progressive, people are fond of him, and he enjoys the success that his father has always wishes he had. So when a certain prestigious award mistakes one for the other, Uriel is faced with the dilemma of what is the right thing to do. After he makes his decision, his father goes off and discredits his son's work. It's a pretty sad and tough family dynamics, if you think about it, because on the father's case, it's envy that turns into bitterness that turns into gloat, on the son's side it's wanting to live up to his father that turns into generosity that turns into feelings betrayed. Writer/director Cedar designs it so that things would escalate to the point where there is no other option but to openly confront each other, although oddly enough, the film never gives us that luxury.

The comedy aspect of it is very enjoyable, Cedar takes us through awkward room sizes and you'll get the giggles from watching Elizer putting on his giant headset, shutting everything around him down just to get some silence, and for the old professors roles, Cedar casts actors who look just like the stereotype, they look unintentionally amusing. Embedded in the competition is also a the theme of whether or not you are your father's son or if you are your own person. Uriel seems distraught and offended when his own son doesn't make any effort to win his love, like he used to do with his own father. Both Eliezer and Uriel are obsessed with the idea that success can only be found in one's achievements and accomplishments and the recognition from your peers, and how one can be better at that than everybody else, so much so that they're missing out one what's truly important, each other. I think FOOTNOTE is a very unique family dynamics film that deserves attention at the very least.

-- www.Ramascreen.com --


8 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 29 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed