Hofshat Kaits (My Father My Lord)

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



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Israeli director David Volach's chamber drama My Father, My Lord (aka Hofshat Kaits, 2006) provides an intense character study of a rabbi in an Orthodox neighborhood, whose letter-of-the-law application of Talmudic tenets takes an exacting toll on his life. He must thus grapple with the conflicting demands of his belief system and his familial obligations to his wife and child.

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Assi Dayan
as Rabbi Abraham Eidelmann
Ilan Griff
as Menahem Eidelmann
Sharon Hacohen
as Esther Eidelmann
Elan Griff
as Menachem

Critic Reviews for Hofshat Kaits (My Father My Lord)

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  • 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.

    Jan 5, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Wally Hammond

    Time Out
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  • 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.

    Oct 3, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Volach doesn't waste a word or action in his spare, finely crafted screenplay.

    Aug 1, 2008 | Full Review…
  • [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.

    Jul 24, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • It's an affecting portrait of family life that gives way to a profound depiction of faith shaken to its roots.

    Jul 11, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 11, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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]

Walter M.
Walter M.

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