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Release Year: 2017

Rating: 6.1/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Joshua Z Weinstein

Stars: Menashe Lustig, Yoel Falkowitz

Within Brooklyn's ultra-orthodox Jewish community, a widower battles for custody of his son. A tender drama performed entirely in Yiddish, the film intimately explores the nature of faith and the price of parenthood.

Writers: Alex Lipschultz, Musa Syeed, Menashe Lustig, Yoel Falkowitz, Menashe Lustig, Yoel Falkowitz, ,

Menashe Lustig - Menashe
Yoel Falkowitz - Fischel

Taglines: There's Nothing Orthodox About Him

Country: USA

Language: Yiddish

Release Date: 3 Jan 2017

Filming Locations: Borough Park, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

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Rating: 5/10

This movie chronicles the tribulations of Menashe, a Hasidic Jew from present-day New York City. His wife died a year ago, so the community has forced him to let his wife's brother raise his son. To get his son back, he needs to marry. But his first marriage was very unhappy, and he is not eager to rush into a second, especially since he dislikes the women being pushed at him.

Menashe's life is miserable. The brother-in-law is openly contemptuous of the hapless Menashe. Menashe is bad at his crappy job and has an unpleasant boss.

The movie is filmed in a very low-tech, near documentary fashion. It has the downsides of many actual documentaries with poorly shot scenes and meandering scenes that undercut the story.

Still, it's a slice of an America that most of us will never meet. And Menashe is a memorable character.


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