Eyes Wide Open (Einaym Pkuhot) (2010)
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Average Rating: 6.3/10
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A man who acknowledges a side of himself he's kept hidden for decades must decide between love, loyalty, and faith in this drama from filmmaker Haim Tabakman set in Jerusalem. Aaron (Zohar Strauss) is an orthodox Jew in his mid-thirties who helps run a kosher butcher shop opened by his father. Aaron is married to Rivka (Ravit "Tinkerbell" Rozen) and they have four sons, but he often feels something is missing from his life. One day, a 19-year-old yeshiva student, Ezri (Ran Danker), stops by the
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The unusually subtle yet eloquent debut of Israeli director Haim Tabakman...
Slow and often silent, it's an extraordinarily disciplined film that respects, if not honours, the milieu of its story...
Eschews sentimentality and pathos, instead letting body language and the dusty, gloomy streets of Jerusalem shape the story.
It moves slowly and patiently through the ordeal of a single soul, illuminating in the process a cosmos of intense and hidden feeling.
Quiet, sober and tense, the movie makes some interesting points, but it lacks the emotional firepower of Brokeback Mountain.
The drama's moments of inspiration vindicate its desultory proceedings.
The movie respects the Jewish tradition of inquiry and debate; it unreels as a sort of dramatic dialogue that acknowledges the benefits and terrors of both religious fundamentalism and personal freedom.
This restrained piece from first-time Israeli film-maker Haim Tabakman explores the tension between faith and sexuality in Jerusalem.
The simplicity of the tale is its strength and the acting of Zohar Strauss as Aaron and Ran Danker as Ezri is entirely natural.
It's almost impossible to imagine anyone making a gay romance between two orthodox Jews. And yet this film is subtle and sensitive, and full of earthy honesty as it explores a seriously difficult situation.
A very human story quietly unfolds with a compelling understatement in this dour but deeply-felt drama from director Haim Tabakman.
This is responsible, restrained and intelligent, but if anything, the risky subject material is handled with too much caution.
Director Haim Tabakman avoids sensationalism so assiduously that his film has slightly less eroticism than the average party political broadcast.
It's not just the subject matter of impossible love that recalls Brokeback Mountain, but the same aching sadness and pathos.
One of the best and most moving love stories you'll ever see. Absolutely top draw.
Tabakman makes evocative use of enclosed spaces and silences, and tempers the melodrama with a sociological authenticity that confirms the centrality of belief in Jewish culture.
Director Haim Tabakman conjures up the sad mood very skilfully, with natural lighting, measured pace and an unexpected electronic soundtrack. In fact, it's probably my favourite film about the romantic love between two Jewish guys since Superbad.
The film's urgent point about the need for understanding is made with dignity and an appreciable tinge of sorrow.
Impressively directed, thought-provoking and emotionally engaging drama that plays like an orthodox Jewish version of Brokeback Mountain, though the pacing and minimalistic dialogue might prove too arthouse for some tastes.
As oblique and laconic as its characters, Tabakman's moral tale rises to a melancholy spirituality.
"Brokeback Mezuzah": Tender, affecting, brave, and beautifully wrought,
Audience Reviews for Eyes Wide Open (Einaym Pkuhot)
- Aaron: We can't go on this way. I have a family, wife, children.
- Ezri: I have only you.
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