My Father My Lord

2007, Drama, 1h 14m

37 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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This beautiful Israeli film is both a moving family drama and a potent examination of the trials of faith. Read critic reviews

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The leader of a small ultra-orthodox community in Tel Aviv, Rabbi Abraham Edelman (Assi Dayan) is absolutely inflexible about doctrine. It's a trait that has won him no shortage of respect from his peers, but it's beginning to cause conflict with his son (Ilan Griff). Little Menahem has a growing fascination with the natural world, and simply can't understand why his father must shoo a mother bird from her nest, or insist that dogs have no souls.

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Assi Dayan
Rabbi Abraham Eidelmann
Ilan Griff
Menahem Eidelmann
Sharon Hacohen-Bar
Esther Eidelmann

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  • May 24, 2008
    [font=Century Gothic]In "My Father My Lord," Menachem(Ilan Griff) is your typical child with an innate curiosity at the world around him while attending Torah school and looking forward to a visit to the Dead Sea. He is doted on by his mother, Esther(Sharon Hacohen Bar), while his father, Abraham(Assi Dayan), a rabbi and Talmudic scholar, who while busy with his studies, does not mind that his son is present as he falls asleep from the boredom. Abraham's beliefs have evolved over time into inflexible dogma which rules over every moment of his family's lives. And that is the kind of behavior that the movie is out to critique which I have no problem with.(Along the same lines, some people should not have kids, no matter how encouraged they may be to do so.) It is with the approach that is definitely shaky because there are some things that should never be wished on anybody just to make a point. In this case, it does not make much difference whether it comes from god or the director, because they are the same person as far as these characters are concerned. This might explain why he is so found of complicated overhead shots which unnecessarily cloud the climax of the film.[/font]
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