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  • Actors: Assi Dayan, Sharon Hacohen Bar, Llan Griff
  • Directors: David Volach
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Hebrew
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 12 April 2010
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0034KX5NW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,851 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A respected rabbi is forced to come to terms with the demands of his faith and the welfare of his own family.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul F. on 21 Jan. 2015
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This is a beautiful film about loving parents and their only son and deals with the very thorny question of faith and why do bad things happen to good people. It is a film which asks more questions than it answers but then all great films do this. I find the distributors renaming of the title interesting as the original title translates to "Summer Holiday", leaving one to make up ones own mind with regards to the meaning of the film.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By technoguy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Jan. 2011
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A film made with great simplicity and coherence.The orthodox rabbi who leads his Haredi Hassidic community,giving sermons of God's absolute love for humans,who are Jewish and follow the Torah.He is deeply loved by his wife and his pre-Mitzvah son,Menahem(Ilan Griff).The young boy is respectful of his father and has a place in the synagogue,where he peeps at his father's all-knowing eloquence or falls asleep.His wife,Esther(Bar) loves Menahem dearly and wants him to love his father reverently.She intervenes when Abraham(Dayan),reprimands Menahem for keeping a picture of idol worship amongst primitive people,telling him to rip up the picture.The rabbi also is irritated that Menahem thinks animals have souls,after seeing a dog's slavish loyalty to its owner taken away in an ambulance.This film is made with hand held digital cameras and music of great tenderness and empathy.

Menahem is curious about the natural world,studying a dove's nest with its chicks.His father makes the mother dove depart(a commandment in the Torah)leaving the chicks to fend for themselves.Menahem wonders what will become of the chicks,what will happen to the mother.The rabbi thinks that God is all merciful.However on a trip to the Dead Sea, Menahem's mother is separated according to the rules from the men,she goes to a separate female beach.Menahem and father bathe in the Dead Sea,but when the time for prayer comes round the rabbi moves off further up the beach,inland on a raised platform of rock,having beseeched Menahem to hurry and catch up. Menahem collects his belongings and takes them towards where his father is praying,drops them,then turns back to collect something he left or just to explore.While the rabbi is absorbed in leading prayer, he loses sight and contact with his son.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By monoli on 6 Nov. 2010
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if one is interested in jewish day-to-day life here it is a very good insite.
but the strongest thing about this movie is its poetry. of time, of closure, of family, of loss, of faith...
one of those pictures which stays with you for a long time after the film is finished...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Novello-davies on 24 July 2011
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I bought this film along with two others last week. I wondered what a film made by Hassidic Jews as a way of showing how important is the word of God, and the power of the Torah is to their way of life. This is not a long complicated film, The photography is outstanding, and the dynamics between the husband and his wife are so different from my own life. To be a Rabbi, is to accept the Torah absolutely,there is no possibility of compromise. The Torah is the Law, ....I watched this film and was drawn into a life of complete obedience, A life I would imagine has not changed since David or Abraham. As the film moves along, and the love of the mother for her son is all encompassing. He is in the early stages of learning the Torah, and preparing for his Bar Mitzvah which he will celebrate when he is thirteen. There is no warning of the Tragedy ahead. I am an old lady, neally 73, I am not Jewish, BUT I am a mother, and I cried, How can such a thing happen? How is it possible that the Torah is the Law, and requires total obedience.? Only watch this film if you want to cry....Beautiful but so sad.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By o0Danile on 29 Jan. 2013
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Great acting. It would have been a great movie because the acting was so good if not for the complete libel of what religious Jewish life is really like. The writer has obvious antipathy for Judaism, especially for Heredi Jews. Why else would the story foist off lies about the religion? The writer knows he's fabricating Jewish concepts and ideas. You can tell a story without making up lies, or maybe then there wouldn't ebe much of a story? That's a defect in the talent of the writer. Still, brillaint acting and dialog (even if it's filled with falsehoods and misconceptions and outright lies about Jews).
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