My Father My Lord DVD
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Directed by David Volach
Produced in 2007
Main Language - Hebrew with English subtitles
Countries & Regions - Middle Eastern Film
Assi Dayan, Ilan Griff, Michal Rubin, Nitsam Bar
Mike Bartlett finds much to admire in this intimate portrait of life amongst a family of Haredi Jews.
Winner of the top jury prize at the Tribeca Film Festival, this is an intimate portrait of life amongst a family of Haredi Jews. It was made by writer and director David Volach, who grew up within this ultra-Orthodox community before rejecting it as an adult. As such, the film is both sympathetic towards its characters while also being quietly scathing of the stifling laws under which they live.
It centres around young Menahem Eidelmann, the son of the local rabbi, a much revered religious leader who is so immersed in his faith that he has become estranged from his own family. When they take a trip to the Dead Sea, this neglect will have tragic consequences for Menahem...
It's a slight story that gains its power from sensitive performances and subtly potent imagery that makes a change in the light on a beach feel like the most devastating moment of loss.
Michael Bartlett on 4th March 2010
Author of 29 reviews
An understated Israeli drama studying the family life of ultra-orthodox rabbi Abraham Eidelmann. Unreservedly devoted to his faith, Abraham spends his days praying, studying the Torah and preparing his sermons - leaving little time for his young wife Esther, who in turn devotes herself to the couple's son Menahem.
Publisher: Artificial Eye
Length: 76 mins
Format: DVD Colour
Released: 12th April 2010
Cat No: ART481DVD