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[Director Ilana] Trachtman doesn't downplay the challenges of a family with a Down syndrome child, even one as high-functioning as Lior.
This is the latest feel-good documentary to turn a spotlight on a much-misunderstood disorder, and per usual it demands that you unleash your sense of humor and table your pity.
Charming as Lior is, this triumphant little movie leaps from good to great by exploring the Liebling family dynamic.
Praying With Lior documents the extraordinary life of Lior Liebling, a rabbi's son with Down syndrome.
Ilana Trachtman's gentle profile does make for touching viewing, but she leaves too many questions unanswered.
Lior is a special boy, but the film remains refreshingly down-to-earth about his abilities and limitations, and in the four-month buildup to his bar mitzvah, it wonders openly about where this rite of passage might take him.
A messy brew, sometimes manipulative, with no real conclusions, as Lior, though highly functional, cannot explain his deep sense of religion and those around him are too supportive to question.
Praying with Lior focuses on this precocious, lovable lad, while giving time as well to the special challenges he presents to others.
Provides a complex, compelling depiction of the intrinsic relationship between love for God and one's kin.
Praying with Lior is a tremendously moving and invigorating film, but Lior's love for davening is minimally responsible.
Uninterested in exploring the larger history of beliefs and traditions concerning mentally challenged people and their closeness to God.
An emotionally rich documentary about the extraordinary Bar Mizvah of a spiritually vibrant 13 year-old boy with Down Syndrome.
Honestly, everything I know about the Jewish faith (which isn't much) I've learned from watching Fiddler On the Roof seven or eight times. With that in mind, the story of Lior Liebling is, for me, as enlightening as it is inspirational. A great documentary about challenge and faith and family and "Up Syndrome".
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