Hofshat Kaits (My Father My Lord) (2008)
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Critic Reviews for Hofshat Kaits (My Father My Lord)
You could say this film is at once a secular fable on a religious dilemma and an almost religious parable about an all-too-human tragedy.
An impressive debut by 37-year-old Israeli writer-director David Volach, "My Father My Lord" squeezes more humanity into 72 minutes than most Hollywood movies can muster in two hours or more.
Volach doesn't waste a word or action in his spare, finely crafted screenplay.
[Director David] Volach makes every moment count by holding tight close-ups on the faces of his extraordinarily tender, expressive cast, framing them with an elegant beauty.
It's an affecting portrait of family life that gives way to a profound depiction of faith shaken to its roots.
My Father My Lord is an impressive first feature that stands out for its emotional qualities, its ambition and its brevity. In this day of endless epics, this 73-minute Israeli film manages to do a lot with very little time.
Audience Reviews for Hofshat Kaits (My Father My Lord)
[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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