Praying With Lior (2008)



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A portrait of young Lior Liebling, a child with Down Syndrome who is filled with an unquenchable spirit of davening (prayer) and singing. One of four children of Rabbi Mordechai Liebling and the late Rabbi Devora Bartnoff, Lior cajoles his way into the hearts of his siblings and his loving stepmother, Lynne Iser. As he navigates his daily life towards the bar mitzvah he has long anticipated, the film documents how the family and spiritual community he loves so much affirms the essence of the man … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Faith & Spirituality, Special Interest
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On DVD: Mar 24, 2009
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Critic Reviews for Praying With Lior

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (14)

[Director Ilana] Trachtman doesn't downplay the challenges of a family with a Down syndrome child, even one as high-functioning as Lior.

Full Review… | July 24, 2008
Chicago Tribune
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This is the latest feel-good documentary to turn a spotlight on a much-misunderstood disorder, and per usual it demands that you unleash your sense of humor and table your pity.

Full Review… | April 25, 2008
Boston Globe
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Charming as Lior is, this triumphant little movie leaps from good to great by exploring the Liebling family dynamic.

Full Review… | March 27, 2008
Washington Post
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Praying With Lior documents the extraordinary life of Lior Liebling, a rabbi's son with Down syndrome.

February 4, 2008
New York Times
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Ilana Trachtman's gentle profile does make for touching viewing, but she leaves too many questions unanswered.

Full Review… | February 1, 2008
New York Daily News
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Lior is a special boy, but the film remains refreshingly down-to-earth about his abilities and limitations, and in the four-month buildup to his bar mitzvah, it wonders openly about where this rite of passage might take him.

Full Review… | January 31, 2008
AV Club
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Audience Reviews for Praying With Lior


Honestly, everything I know about the Jewish faith (which isn't much) I've learned from watching Fiddler On the Roof seven or eight times. With that in mind, the story of Lior Liebling is, for me, as enlightening as it is inspirational. A great documentary about challenge and faith and family and "Up Syndrome".

Randy Tippy

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