Tikkun Reviews

July 17, 2020
Tikkun is intense, moody filmmaking and signals Sivan as one to watch for in the world of arthouse cinema.
February 27, 2020
Tikkun is the more spiritual kind. The film's austere and provocative look contrasts with the dramatic excitement absent from the film's story-Tikkun's conflict concerns the soul-and compensates at times for its ponderous pacing.
January 19, 2017
If Avishai Sivan's latest film occasionally ventures into bizarre over-the-top scenes that shock viewers and derail the narrative, it doesn't detract from the power of what has gone before.
July 12, 2016
Sivan neatly captures the meditative rhythms of an existential crisis, how the contours of one's own life feel fragile while every new experience takes on an exciting, frightening dimension.
June 30, 2016
"Tikkun" takes you inside the cloistered world of ultra-Orthodox Jews, then burrows even further into the head of one young man and his peculiar crisis of spirit and body.
June 15, 2016
While resonant of past survivor stories like Crash and Fearless, to compare Tikkun to other films is not to take away from its own haunting, unnerving brilliance.
June 15, 2016
It's a testament to Traitel's performance that he makes such a vivid impression, because the script offers the actors little in the way of character development.
June 13, 2016
The puzzling tale about resurrection that brings on controversy to those of the Orthodox Jewish faith, has its chilling surreal moments.
June 10, 2016
Prime reason to see artsy film is the B & W cinematography --slow, dark, ponderous, and beautiful looking with weird, mystical imagery (& long close-up of female genitalia).
June 10, 2016
Transgressive, button-pushing cinema works best when it's in service of the whole, and "Tikkun" juxtaposes shock with long stillness, a long day's circuitous journey into eternal night.
June 9, 2016
Haim-Aharon's predicament threatens to become preposterous rather than haunting, but there is no denying the film's uncanny power or its visual discipline.
June 8, 2016
Impressively imaginative and stylish enough to mark its writer/director as a talent to watch.
June 8, 2016
Traitel, a first-time actor whose own background seems all too eerily apt for this character, is riveting in a demanding role with little dialogue or psychological explication to lean on.
June 8, 2016
Formal in its construction and often favouring the calm gaze of fixed camera shots, Tikkun confirms Avishai Sivan as a distinctive voice in world cinema willing to get down and dirty with basic matters of faith.
June 8, 2016
One of the most strikingly weird movies I have seen this year. The movie's examination of the life of the ultra-Orthodox Jews is fascinating and Sivan's actors - who simply can't really be Orthodox, can they? - are utterly convincing in all moments.
June 8, 2016
Is Haim-Aaron on a vision quest? Is it purgatory? Is it condemning Haim-Aaron or condemning the judgments laid upon him? It's art, man, but it's good art. Read more at
June 8, 2016
Go for the glorious black and white cinematography - blessed is he who shoots in b&w in the 21st century century. I am sure that is in the Torah somewhere.
June 8, 2016
The underlying assumption of this style is that the world is a cruel and Godless place, one where observation is possible but intervention is not.
June 7, 2016
Shot like a photo album, gorgeous frame after gorgeous frame, it continually suggests that crisis and struggle can be beautiful when viewed from the right angle.
May 3, 2016
With startling high-def black-and-white photography by Shai Goldman, the film draws on Dreyer's Ordet and Aronofsky's π in a portrayal of spiritual fallout with horror elements.