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as Moshe Bellanga
as Malli Bellanga
as Eliyahu Scorpio
as Ben Baruch
as Ethrog Assessor
Critic Reviews for Ushpizin
[The film] places a captivating life study in the context of a modern fairy tale.
Very light, even saccharine at times, but blessed with enough pure charm to make the syrup go down a treat.
An unexpected delight from an unlikely source, Ushpizin is the first feature film set inside the closed community of Jerusalem's ultra-Orthodox Jews.
Ushpizin will certainly be manna to people of religious sensibility, but you need not be a believer to appreciate its humor and humanity.
Audience Reviews for Ushpizin
I couldn't seem to get into this movie, and it had very little to do with the fact that it was subtitled. It just never seemed to go anywhere. Maybe I wasn't in the right frame of mind for it, but this was far from being one of the best movies I've ever seen.
Very good; very Israeli. I would only recommend it for those who don't need constant amounts of action in their films, though. Even then, you may want to have some basic knowledge of Hasidism or at least Middle Eastern culture. Pretty entertaining and funny throughout, and, oh, such a funny but sad conclusion! Those who haven't seen it will probably never guess it, either.
This is a beautiful film, with wonderfully nuanced characters, that offers an interesting look into the life and faith of an Orthodox couple. The acting is incredible and the love between Moshe and Mali is heart-wrenchingly real, helped by the fact that Shuli Rand and Michal Bat-Sheva Rand are actually married. The story isn’t what I would call “riveting” but the film isn’t negatively affected by the simplicity of the story, in fact it is the simplicity that lets the viewer understand the characters in such an intimate way. Ushpizin is well worth watching to get a glimpse into the life that the non-Orthodox are rarely privy to and to see some really fantastic acting.
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