Ushpizin

2004, Comedy/Drama, 1h 31m

63 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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Ushpizin offers a rare and warmly intimate look into ultra-Orthodox Jewish culture. Read critic reviews

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Moshe (Shuli Rand) and Malli (Michal Bat-Sheva Rand), an Orthodox Jewish couple in Jerusalem, are childless and without means to celebrate the weeklong holiday of Succoth. After much prayer, they receive unexpected money, and Moshe is told about an abandoned shack where he and Malli can properly deprive themselves and receive guests. However, they are visited by two ex-convicts with an unexpected link to Moshe's past, and the celebration becomes a series of emotional trials.

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Audience Reviews for Ushpizin

  • Apr 25, 2008
    Nothing is lost in translation here. You can read every emotion in these actors faces.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer
  • Dec 23, 2007
    The first 9/10ths of this movie were great. But how did an indie flick like this end up with such a Hollywood ending? (And a poorly edited one at that.)
    Ed K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 27, 2007
    A foreign movie about an Orthodox Jewish couple in Jerusalem. It was fascinating and so uplifting, it instantly became one of my favorites!
    Ida K Super Reviewer
  • May 03, 2007
    (Oct 2005 Director: Gidi Dar) This Israeli film won Israeli awards plus International awards!! I loved this film about an Orthodox Jewish couple...the husband had been a former gang leader but turned straight...still having his past trail him. Funny, original, provocative....I loved the emphasis on prayer! Much chuckles! Great fun (along with the pseudo serious)
    Teresa S Super Reviewer

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