Within Brooklyn's ultra-orthodox Jewish community, a widower battles for custody of his son. A tender drama performed entirely in Yiddish, the film intimately explores the nature of faith and the price of parenthood.
Menashe, a widower, lives and works within the Hasidic community of Borough Park, Brooklyn. Since his wife passed away a year before, he has been trying hard to regain custody of his nine-year-old son, Rieven. But the rabbi (and all the community behind him) will not hear of it unless he re-marries, which Menashe does not want, his first marriage having been very unhappy. Father and son get on well together, but can Menashe take care of Rieven properly? Not really for all his goodwill as he holds down a low-paid job as a grocery clerk that consumes too much of his efforts and energy. Always late, always in a hurry, he endeavors to improve himself though. But will his efforts be enough to convince the rabbi that he can be a good father without a wife at home?Written by
Genuine Look at Ultra-Orthodox Life from the Eyes of a Widower
I really enjoyed this documentary. Although it's a documentary, it's done in a story-style that really brings it to life for the viewer. Although it's in Yiddish, there are subtitles. This story really portrays the control this community has on it's own and also the support they have for each other. It's truly a world for which we outsiders rarely get to glimpse.
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