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Footnote Reviews

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½ May 10, 2018
Subtle, acerbic look at the human condition, with a dash of academia thrown in for good measure.
½ May 29, 2017
A must watch for those in the academia or you are into Jewish culture.
October 20, 2016
This starkly dark Israeli comedy lampooning the brattish egocentrism among academia falls short of brilliance in the ham-fisted final act.
August 27, 2016
How does Pride do its damage? In the most sacred Talmudic scholarship, what does a prideful person manifest his pride? This is deeply felt, non-sentimental, yet complex study of a bitter old scholar's rage against his obscurity, against his more successful son, and did not see the toxic waste of his bitter disappointment destroying everything around him.
A exceptionally well-made film.
August 9, 2016
Often boring. But really great for about 15 minutes in the middle.
April 8, 2016
One of my favorite movies. The score was especially appealing.
½ February 6, 2016
Despite holding back, kinda amazing.
January 15, 2016
Saw this last night in Amsterdam and was thoroughly engaged. Great Father Son dynamics, acting, camera work and photography. We had the added benefit to enjoy a facilitated group discussion. Highly recommend this movie to those looking for a movie that makes you think about the dynamics, oneself and those you know.
Robert B.
Super Reviewer
September 30, 2015
Footnote is a very engaging film with strong acting, storytelling, and cinematography. The culture and setting of Israel are interesting as well and add to the film's depth. The strong negative reviews are surprising, though the film is mislabeled as a 'comedy' when it is a family/political drama. I go the other way and highly recommend it.
July 8, 2015
Interesting movie about the politics of academia. The father is a real asshole character, his utter unlikability kind of hurts the movie, at least for me.
½ March 18, 2015
FOOTNOTE is the second Israeli film I've seen and while it felt rather insular in the cultural sense, it did explore some interesting themes and had a great sense of humor. The story is about a father and son, both professors of Talmudic literature. The father has largely been forgotten, his only significant achievement being a mention in a footnote in someone else's book, while his son is more celebrated. However, the dynamic between them changes when the father is selected (errantly) to receive the prestigious Israel Prize for his life's work. One thing the film does really well is explore the sometimes contentious relationship between parent and child. Eliezer (father) and Uriel (son) Shkolnik both have the same profession, yet the son's success in light of the father's failure certainly must have weighed heavily on both of their consciences. And when Eliezer is mistakenly nominated to receive the Israel Prize, his son comes to his defense since it would vindicate the decades of work for which he had previously gone unrecognized. There was also the subtle element of comedy and self-deprecating humor that seems to be part and parcel of the Jewish experience. It wasn't exactly laugh-out-loud hilarious, but there was some excellent situational humor as well as some ribbing on cutthroat competition in academia. Still, given the subject material it was a little hard for me to get into the film completely. The single element which I did connect with was the idea that a parent at some point might give up on their child, as I have had similar fears in the past. The film also had a somewhat unsatisfying ending, although it probably didn't have to show everything in order to be effective. The film was subversive enough without seeing what you know is coming. If there's one actual complaint I have, it's that the score was a little overpowering at times. Sometimes, more is less. Overall, the subject of academia is something that's a little too "inside baseball," particularly when it's about the Talmud (I'm not a Jew), but FOOTNOTE has some interesting themes that allow you a way into this story about a father-son rivalry.
½ February 11, 2015
spoiler alerts: this film builds a great moral dilemma on the classic (Jewish? - I'm thinking Rabbi Akiva and Heschel [I'm not Jewish]) tension between the supremacy of truth or compassion, or as they phrase it: which is more important? study or action?
the acting is good. the pacing is good. the Amelie-like story telling is enjoyable. the cinematography is nothing to write home about but suits the film. however, it ends on a quite unsatisfactory note. the truth remains concealed. actually, what really bothers me on reflection, is that there is no redemption, no forgiveness. it is still powerful, and quite haunting, due to the unresolved tension. all three family members know -each secretly- and none confronts the other. they all choose to disguise the truth. the son's commitment is understandable. the wife's less so, but her character is hardly revealed so I don't know what she's doing or expected to do with this information. she seems to be less than involved with her husband, or even interested. the father. well, he seems almost evil by the end. a bitter, dried up old man.
additionally, motifs of illusion/disillusion, truth/lies/confusion.
still, in the end the film seems to be made out of a spirit of malice or disdain for the father, which i dislike. probably because of my own strained relations with my father are an ongoing problem for me. yet the haunting quality behind the results of dishonesty make for good film, as well as an interesting reflection on the devastating power of truth, and begs the viewer to ask anew what Talmud really is. (again, I'm not Jewish, but the question can be translated into my own system of moral evaluations).
½ December 3, 2014
The film ends and lets you find out the outcome. But the director has already helped the viewer a lot to understand what will actually happen.
½ September 13, 2014
Moments of brilliance in a convoluted film.
August 25, 2014
El final es un poco anticlimatico, pero la pelicula es maravillosa por donde quiera que uno la mida.Muy buena.
½ August 19, 2014
The film is about the worsening relationship between father and son. the best part of the movie is that includes dark humor in its story telling and is able to convey the complicated thinking of the elder professor. What I did not like was the film ends abruptly without culminating the story. A film worth watching.
July 31, 2014
Very enjoyable. Although it loses momentum in the end.
June 19, 2014
Slow, boring, and the ending feels unfinished. Not much to see here.
May 14, 2014
The best movie I've seen during the last week-end.
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