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The Quarrel (1999)

The Quarrel




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An offbeat drama in which two one-time buddies who encounter each other after a long absence argue about the Holocaust and Judaism. Hersh Rasseyner and Chaim Kovler grew up together in Poland but their friendship dissolved after Chaim lost interest in religion and became a writer. World War II then tore their lives apart, as each man lost his family during the Nazi horrors. At the war's end, Hersh and Chaim both attempted to start new lives. While Hersh serves as an Orthodox rabbi in Montreal, Chaim is a poet living in New York. On a visit to Canada in 1948, Chaim, to his great surprise, sees Hersh taking part in a Rosh Hashanah ritual in a park; he had believed that his former comrade died in the war. Although the two men greet each other warmly, they are soon quarreling over the same issues that destroyed their friendship 15 years ago. Will Chaim and Hersh finally resolve their differences and move on with their lives?more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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On DVD: Apr 25, 2000

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Critic Reviews for The Quarrel

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

[T]wo characters [who] care deeply about finding meaning and goodness in a world where a Holocaust could take place.

Full Review… | August 11, 2009
The Jewish Advocate

Based on Chaim Grode's story, arguably one of the most powerful works of modern Yiddish literature, this character driven-film unfolds as a stimulating confrontation between two opposing worldviews: the secular versus the religious.

Full Review… | December 20, 2006

August 22, 2003
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Austin Chronicle

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