Tehilim (2007)



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When faced with a bizarre crisis, a contemporary Jewish family finds itself torn between legalistic ancient teachings and the modernity necessary for daily problem-solving, in Raphael Nadjari's spiritually themed psychological drama Tehilim. The older generation of the clan at the heart of this story -- typified by grandfather Shmuel (Ilan Dar), his middle-aged son, Eli (Shmuel Vilojni), and Eli's brother, Aharon (Yohav Hayit) -- approaches life with byzantine, cerebral theological discussions. The younger generation -- exemplified by Eli's teenage son, Menachem (Michael Moshonov) -- loses its spiritual vestments upon leaving the house and prefers a more practical approach to life. When Eli suddenly and inexplicably goes missing following a minor car accident, Nadjari segues into a minute investigation of the diverse ways that the individual family members cope with the crisis. While Shmuel and Aharon encourage Eli's wife, Alma (Limor Goldstein), to immerse herself in constant prayer, Alma has had it with spiritual tenets and must figure out very concrete and immediate methods of dealing with her husband's absence and their frozen bank accounts. Meanwhile, Menachem, looking past the immediate crisis, pines for more alone time with his girlfriend, Dvora (Reut Lev). Nadjari co-authored the original script with Vincent Poymiro.
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Michael Moshonov
as Menachem
Ilan Dar
as Shmuel
Yohav Hayit
as Aharon
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Critic Reviews for Tehilim

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (5)

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Full Review… | November 16, 2011
Time Out
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Modest to a fault, the introverted family drama Tehilim circles an unsolved mystery and unresolved emotions.

April 10, 2008
New York Times
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Indifferently shot and only competently acted, Tehilim derives its emotional force from the inchoate spiritual torment that the older son suffers.

April 8, 2008
Village Voice
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Narrow focus will limit the film's appeal severely.

May 21, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
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Exploring unresolved loss with docu-like veracity, this intimate, disturbing tale will prove more frustrating than enlightening for many viewers, despite its conversation-sparking premise.

Full Review… | May 20, 2007
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Despite an interesting premise and a good background (contempo Jerusalem), this is a dull, frustrating family melodrama, the weakest of the 3 Israeli films shown in 2007 Cannes Film Festival; the other two are Jellyfish and The Band's Visit.

Full Review… | February 13, 2008

Audience Reviews for Tehilim


An unfocused drama that, despite a promising premise, never delves into the themes that it only touches upon, ending on a pretty vague note - and it doesn't help at all that the protagonist is such an unlikable teenager that doesn't really inspire our sympathy.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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