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Divan

Divan (2004)

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Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 0

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A young woman who had previously forsaken the Orthodox lifestyle attempts to make amends with her father by acquiring a couch said to have been used by many famous Jewish figures in this humorous documentary from filmmaker Pearl Gluck. As a teenager, Gluck rebelled against her Orthodox upraising by moving to Manhattan to experience life on the secular side. When Gluck's father expresses a desire for his daughter to marry and return to Brooklyn, Gluck attempts to reach a compromise with her

Sep 20, 2005

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As it is, Divan is akin to meeting someone serendipitously on a train or cafe -- someone you like well enough -- who tells you his or her life story in all its detail and assumes you're completely enthralled.

August 13, 2004 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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A touching and humorous documentary.

May 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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An appealing essay on how material possessions can channel our deepest longings.

May 20, 2004 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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A charming and astute first-person documentary.

May 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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An absolutely charming first-person documentary.

March 21, 2004
New York Post
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A warm and engaging home movie.

March 19, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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A sly, sweet, and consistently enlightening documentary about family, love, and religion ... and a couch.

November 13, 2005 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

Fascinating personal view of Hasidism.

May 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Interesting, touching and informative.

August 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The filmmaker is a likable protagonist/ethnographer whose self-deprecating wit and sweet-tempered chutzpah make her odyssey easy viewing. It's also surprisingly moving.

May 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Amusing, informative documentary.

May 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

This is someone's home movie, and an endearing one at that, but it isn't made well enough to justify an admission price.

April 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

Divan is an engrossing documentary about a father-daughter relationship, a search for roots, Hasidism, and a treasure from the past.

March 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Investigation into an individual's connection to their history and their community, and the nature of what we regard as sacred and why.

March 18, 2004 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Makes up in energy and high spirits what it lacks in structure and style.

March 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

A curious hunt for an even more curious Holy Grail.

March 15, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Divan

[font=Century Gothic]In the documentary, "Divan", Pearl Gluck tells the story of a couch but it is no ordinary couch. As the story goes, in 1879 Hungary, a Hasidic Rebbe is looking for a place to rest for the night and is offered a couch by a poor family. In the morning, he mentions the roughness of the couch and the poor family finds a treasure in the couch which they use to build a synagogue.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]Pearl Gluck has a doozy of a couch story of her own to tell in this poignant and heartfelt documentary which uses that story as a starting point to explore Hasidic culture, specifically the Hasidic enclave of Boro Park in Brooklyn.(As a child, Gluck was raised in a Hasidic household but left with her mother when her parents divorced.) She receives a grant to collect Hasidic stories in Hungary. While there she looks for the above mentioned couch and makes enquiries about bringing it back to the states, all the while filming her results.[/font]
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