אושפיזין/Ushpizin

[Screenshot]I’m a cultural Jew, but not a religious one; I enjoy exploration of the cultural traditions of my people, so it goes without saying that I was predisposed to like this film. Particularly since it highlights one of the more ethical aspects of Jewish tradition: that the holidays are a time first and foremost for hospitality (both Sukkot and Pesach figure in a great deal of folklore about the blessings attendant on those who welcome strangers into their midst). So there are a lot of nifty mythic resonances being set up by this story, which slots them nicely into the mold of a fable without being over-didactic. There’s a lot to like here and I’m loathe to spoil it, but it keeps moving and spins out its characters in a believable and largely sympathetic way; even the titular guests are likeable in their rough way. On technical aspects the film is mostly servicable (albeit with a somewhat intrusive dependence rather unimaginative pop music at a few crucial places), but it’s really the acting that keeps this one rolling, particularly by Shuli Rand.

See also: IMDB, Wikipedia.

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I'm a mathematics professor at the University of Louisville, and a geek.

One Response to אושפיזין/Ushpizin

  1. Pingback: עיניים פקוחות/Eyes Wide Open « The Ecclesiastical Revue

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