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Menashe (U)


Within Brooklyn's ultra-orthodox Jewish community, a widower battles for custody of his son. A tender drama performed entirely in Yiddish, the film intimately explores the nature of faith and the price of parenthood.

The critical consensus

Affectionate and gently humorous portrayal of Hasidic Judaism, a community rarely seen on screen.

****(*)Hannah McGill, The List, 04/12/2017

Doubling as a fascinating look at a subculture that is normally sealed off from the rest of us and a gently amusing comedy of manners, this manages to say an awful lot by, paradoxically, saying it endearingly gently.

****(*)Andrew Lowry, Empire Online, 06/12/2017

A Yiddish drama set in a Hasidic Jewish community unpicks patriarchal power politics with a powerful central turn from non-professional Menashe Lustig.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 07/12/2017

Whatever pickle he gets himself in, we can’t help but root for Menashe. We witness his humiliations in the presence of his peers but see many examples of his kindness and his attempts to do the best by his son.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 07/12/2017

He may not inspire confidence but his struggle to prove himself worthy of parental responsibilities is the backbone of a modest tale inspired by the lead actor’s own experiences.

Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 08/12/2017

A widower struggles to reclaim his child in this authentic and affectionate portrait of New York’s Orthodox Jewish community.

****(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 10/12/2017

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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