March 11th, 2012



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Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are father and son as well as rival professors in Talmudic Studies. When both men learn that Eliezer will be lauded for his work, their complicated relationship reaches a new peak.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 6.8/10 (674 voted)

Critic's Score: 78/100

Director: Joseph Cedar

Stars: Shlomo Bar-Aba, Lior Ashkenazi, Aliza Rosen

The story of a great rivalry between a father and son, both eccentric professors in the Talmud department of Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The son has an addictive dependency on the embrace and accolades that the establishment provides, while his father is a stubborn purist with a fear and profound revulsion for what the establishment stands for, yet beneath his contempt lies a desperate thirst for some kind of recognition. The Israel Prize, Israel's most prestigious national award, is the jewel that brings these two to a final, bitter confrontation.

Lior Ashkenazi - Uriel Shkolnik
Shlomo Bar-Aba - Eliezer Shkolnik
Yuval Scharf - Noa the reporter
Aliza Rosen - Yehudit
Alma Zack - Dikla Shkolnik
Edna Blilious - The Costume Designer Lady
Nevo Kimchi - Fingeroot
Daniel Markovich - Josh
Albert Iluz - Dvir Oded
Idit Teperson - Sara Foddor
Neli Tagar - Security Guard
Natalia Faust - Nurse
Micah Lewensohn - Grossman
Michael Koresh - Yona Solomon
Shmuel Shiloh - Herman


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Release Date: 9 March 2012

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Did You Know?

Israel's official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 84th Academy Awards 2012.

User Review

An amusing fable about an unamusing man

Rating: 8/10

The fictitious hero is a old man who takes himself and his work completely seriously-- to the exaggerated extent that we expect to find only in a fable. The screen displays to the audience a number of arch textual explanations about him and his son, and the audience chuckles at his eccentric single-mindedness. But a sort of tension appears as the characters' behavior slips outside the limits of the explanations. Is the old man cheating on his wife? What's behind his grandson's oblomovism? Eventually the movie focuses on an unknown that is stretched almost to the point of paradox: Is the quality of the old man's work in academe really unsurpassed, or is it really unsatisfactory? The movie does turn out to be a fable, and a fable worth taking seriously. It attracted an all-star cast, and Shlomo Bar-Abba, in the lead, continues the tradition of comedians who, when they undertake a dramatic role, gain additional impact from the contrast with their familiar persona. The movie received the 2011 screenplay award at Cannes.


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