Critic Consensus: 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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The curious are welcome, but this one fits snugly in the category of "You Don't Have to Be Jewish, But..."
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.
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.
The subtle on-screen chemistry between father and son gives this sweet and poignant drama a solid emotional base.
Delicately woven and sensitively told, director-writer Joshua Z Weinstein's ode to a shlemiel rings true.
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