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Menashe

  • Drama
  • 2017
  • Joshua Z Weinstein
  • 82 mins
  • U

Summary

Deep in the heart of New York's notoriously secretive Hasidic Jewish community, grocery store clerk Menashe struggles against tradition to keep custody of his only son after his wife passes away. Drama, starring Menashe Lustig. In Yiddish

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

With its focus on Hasidic Jews, this Yiddish-language drama affords audiences a rare glimpse inside a closed community. Set in Brooklyn and somewhat based on the life of lead actor Menashe Lustig, it follows his titular widower, a shambolic grocery store clerk whose ten-year-old son (Ruben Niborski) has been ordered to live with the family of his brother-in-law (Yoel Weisshaus) until such time as Menashe remarries. Crabby, accident-prone, tardy, broke and less observant of Hasidic customs than is expected, Menashe is a man upon whom the weight of life's disappointments hangs heavily; a load lightened by interactions with his child. Joshua Z Weinstein, best known for his work on documentaries, employs a quietly probing fly-on-the-wall style and cultivates a melancholy tone. This respectful film seems fascinated by the little-seen specifics of Hasidism - its rigid rules and rituals - but its endlessly fallible protagonist remains staunchly relatable. Naturalistic performances and gentle humour add charm to an intimate, informative piece that, without judgement, is alive to the challenges of living a pious, isolated existence.

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Credits

Cast

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MenasheMenashe Lustig
RievenRuben Niborski
EizikYoel Weisshaus
The rabbiMeyer Schwartz

Crew

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DirectorJoshua Z Weinstein

Details

Theatrical distributor
Vertigo
Released on
2017-12-08
Languages
English | Yiddish | Spanish
Formats
Colour
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