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Rated PG · 103 min. · 2012


Written for the screen and directed by the New York-born and Israel-raised Joseph Cedar, this dry comedy is set in the pitiless, backstabbing world of advancement-hungry scholars at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. We meet a father and son, Eliezer (Shlomo Bar Aba) and Uriel Shkolnik (Lior Ashkenazi), who are both well-known scholars. Eliezer has little to show for his lifetime of toil as a philologist documenting variations among competing versions of Talmudic texts. Now, he's a bitter old man watching as his glib son reaps the honors he was denied. Their fissures aren't truly exposed until the day Eliezer, against the odds, wins the award he has quietly hungered for all of his life. Cedar has assured control of his film—the rhythm, the humor, the music, the apposite use of a production of Fiddler on the Roof. Particularly effective is his repeated images of the surveillance society that Israel has apparently become, the checkpoints, wristbands and hostile young security guards who make Eliezer feel like a prisoner in his own country.

See our full review: Strikingly similar stories from Israel and Japan in <i>Footnote</i> and <i>Jiro Dreams of Sushi</i>

Strikingly similar stories from Israel and Japan in Footnote and Jiro Dreams of Sushi

One is a fiction feature from Israel; the other is a documentary about a Tokyo sushi chef. The dissimilarities end there. Both films feature an aging father and a middle-aged son, and both depict the lifelong obsession of the older man and the pitfalls of passing the torch to his heir. »

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Director: Joseph Cedar
Writer: Joseph Cedar
Cast: Lior Ashkenazi, Alma Zack, Albert Iluz, Shlomo Bar-Aba, Yuval Scharf, Aliza Rosen, Neli Tagar, Micah Lewensohn, Shmuel Shiloh and Jacky Levy

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