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Menashe (2017)

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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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Invites audiences into the insular world of Hasidic New York via a character they won't soon forget, memorably embodied by first-timer Menashe Lustig.

July 6, 2017 | Full Review…

The film winds up compelling both from a cultural and sociological angle and as a universal story of a parent yearning to be with his son.

May 3, 2017 | Full Review…
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It offers us a first-person view into a completely different community, but relates to us with the universal dread that we're bound to fail, sooner than later.

February 1, 2017 | Full Review…

The real strength of Menashe lies with its ability to be a fly on the wall of a fragile existence that can take any number of unexpected turns.

January 25, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Weinstein's charming Menashe immerses us in an authentic environment of ultra-Orthodox Judaism and makes it relatable by weaving a sweet story familiar in its general contours, of a single father struggling to hold onto the son he loves.

January 23, 2017 | Full Review…

Menashe humanizes Hasidic life In a pensive, emotional drama.

July 21, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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