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The Quarrel (1991)

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In their youth they were dearest of friends. Then they became bitterest of enemies. Now they are Holocaust survivors who have lost everything - alone in the world. As a result of their horrific experiences one has remained a deeply religious Jew while the other has turned his back on God. They meet by chance in a Montreal Park in 1948. Despite their differences, they promise to spend the day together to try and resolve that which separates them. But questions of faith and the wounds of personal betrayal still stand in the way of their friendship. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Eli Cohen, written by award winning writer David Brandes and starring Saul Rubinek (Unforgiven) and R.H. Thomson, The Quarrel, now widely regarded as a classic, bursts with provocative ideas and complex emotions. It is a brilliant cinematic achievement that explores the age old debate between the religious and the secular worlds against a mesmerizing story of love and hate, good and evil, friendship and forgiveness. "When you wipe the tears from your eyes as the lights go up, you will feel you have been privileged to view one of the great movies of the last 30 years." ..... Ed Koch, Koch at the Movies, Our Town

Cast

Saul Rubinek
as Hersh Rasseyner
R.H. Thomson
as Chaim Kovler
Michael Sinelnikoff
as Hospital Patient
Ari Snyder
as Rosenberg
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[T]wo characters [who] care deeply about finding meaning and goodness in a world where a Holocaust could take place.

August 11, 2009

Based on Chaim Grode's story, arguably one of the most powerful works of modern Yiddish literature, this character driven-film unfolds as a stimulating confrontation between two opposing worldviews: the secular versus the religious.

December 20, 2006 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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