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Menashe (2017)

PG | | Drama | 28 July 2017 (USA)
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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.

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Joshua Z Weinstein
4 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Menashe Lustig ... Menashe
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yoel Falkowitz Yoel Falkowitz ... Fischel
Hershy Fishman Hershy Fishman ... Zalman
Ruben Niborski Ruben Niborski ... Rieven - Menashe's son (as Ruben Niborsk)
Meyer Schwartz Meyer Schwartz ... The rabbi
Ariel Vaysman Ariel Vaysman ... Levi
Yoel Weisshaus Yoel Weisshaus ... Eizik
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Storyline

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 Guy Bellinger

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Taglines:

There's Nothing Orthodox About Him

Genres:

Drama

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Rated PG for thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

Yiddish | English

Release Date:

28 July 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brooklyn Yiddish See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$62,078, 30 July 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,703,036, 19 October 2017
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Shot over the course of two years. See more »

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Gut Morgin Shefele
Written by Shoule Grossman and Michoel Schnitzler
Parformed and copyright by Michoel Schnitzler
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Genuine Look at Ultra-Orthodox Life from the Eyes of a Widower
23 February 2018 | by narevalo3437See all my reviews

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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