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Menashe offers an intriguing look at a culture whose unfamiliarity to many viewers will be rendered irrelevant by the story's universally affecting themes and thoughtful approach.



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Deep in the heart of New York's ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jewish community, Menashe--a kind, hapless grocery store clerk--struggles to make ends meet and responsibly parent his young son, Rieven, following his wife Leah's death. Tradition prohibits Menashe from raising his son alone, so Rieven's strict uncle adopts him, leaving Menashe heartbroken. Meanwhile, though Menashe seems to bungle every challenge in his path, his rabbi grants him one special week with Rieven before Leah's memorial. It's his chance to prove himself a suitable man of faith and fatherhood, and restore respect among his doubters.

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  • It's a film that just keeps getting stronger as it goes, unfolding almost imperceptibly and becoming deeper with each scene.

    Feb 2, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Menashe is a deeply felt and absorbing Yiddish-language drama about New York Hasidic Jews.

    Dec 7, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • "Menashe" is a little slice of life, delivered with a knowing sense of truth.

    Aug 18, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • The curious are welcome, but this one fits snugly in the category of "You Don't Have to Be Jewish, But..."

    Aug 17, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Weinstein normally directs documentaries, and "Menashe" has a fly-on-the-wall feel at times, particularly in the warmly believable interplay between father and son. The movie was filmed in Borough Park, N.Y., which adds to the atmosphere.

    Aug 17, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Weinstein brings a palpable authenticity (attributable in part to a cast made up of local non-actors) to this universally resonant story, rendering it unique and specific in a meticulously detailed setting.

    Aug 17, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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