1hr 22min CAST: Menashe Lustig, Yoel Falkowitz, Ruben Niborski DIRECTOR: Joshua Z Weinstein ENDS 10/05
Deep in the heart of New York's ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jewish community, Menashe--a kind, hapless grocery store clerk--struggles to make ends meet and responsibly parent his young son, Rieven, following his wife Leah's death. Tradition prohibits Menashe from raising his son alone, so Rieven's strict uncle adopts him, leaving Menashe heartbroken. Meanwhile, though Menashe seems to bungle every challenge in his path, his rabbi grants him one special week with Rieven before Leah's memorial. It's his chance to prove himself a suitable man of faith and fatherhood, and restore respect among his doubters.
The subtle on-screen chemistry between father and son gives this sweet and poignant drama a solid emotional base.Bruce Demara, Toronto Star
Sensitive and sympathetic character study, offering gentle insight into a self-segregated community.Susan Granger, SSG Syndicate