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Israel 2011, 103 minutes
Dir. Joseph Cedar
In Hebrew with English subtitles
Rating: [M]
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Drama, Comedy

Topics: Academia.

 

“Rigorously balanced in its sympathies, the film is a human comedy that spans and understands the generations.”~Time

Aroview: A father and son's complicated relationship is tested over the award of a vaunted academic prize in their shared field of Talmudic studies in this sparkling, bittersweet Jewish comedy.

Extracting its humour from unusual sources, the film intelligently sends up both the stuffiness of academia and the complexities of family rivalry, especially when personal and professional jealousies mix. Remarkably well scripted and characterised, only so much so that the ending may leave you wanting more. Nominated for Best Foreign Language film at the 2012 Academy Awards.

NZ International Film Festival 2011

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