The Faith in Film Blogathon – Menashe (2017)

This is the final of 3 posts dedicated to The Faith in Film Blogathon being held over at Pure Entertainment Preservation Society

Tnx Tiffany and Rebekah for letting me take part!

“You’ve never respected me, even when I was married to your sister.” – Menashe

“You have no respect for yourself. Why should I respect you?” – Eizik

Number of Times Seen – 1 (4 Apr 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A widowed Hassidic man struggling through life attempts to try and find a way to regain custody of his young son.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident while researcher films for this blogathon and it’s theme fit in really well, so I decided to give it a try.

The story is quite unique and gives us a very intriguing perspective on the typical trope of widower seeking to raise his young son after losing custody.

The way that this character sticks to his faith throughout is what helps make things work so well.

He seems to have nothing in life but his son and his faith and he does all he can to believe that he can persevere in such a lost situation.

The story s told almost completely in Yiddish and that also adds a uniqueness to the story since we get a ore intimate look at the Hassidic lifestyle which includes following a Rabbinical leader who helps guide all of his students in their lives on both religious and social matters.

The main character is seen as a social loner, yet he comes across as being so sympathetic throughout based on the way that he is portrayed.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Director Joshua Z Weinstein, who is neither a member of a Haredi community nor a speaker of Yiddish, used a translator on set. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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