This Israeli movie has charmed my personalist socks off. It now holds a coveted place on my list of top ten fabulous foreign films. Jules and I heard about it from friend Scott Johnston and watched it together the other night.
Points I loved:
- How universal human themes come through in the very peculiarity and strangeness (to us) of orthodox Jewish culture. This is more proof (because we keep needing it) that hings don't become more "universal" when they're render more generic and unexceptional. On the contrary.
- How raw and real the characters are in their expression of their emotions and in their relationships with each other, and with God. Nothing theoretical or artificial about it.
- The convincing depiction of conversion. Conversion can be real and deep and true, even while it's incomplete.
- The funny and touching mix of virtue and weaknes, faith and doubt, humanity and grace.
- The utterly unselfconscious acting. These are real people. The viewer is drawn into their world.
I'd love to know if others have seen it, and if yes, what you thought.