A bittersweet, funny and moving tale of a widower's grief.
Performed entirely in Yiddish, a language not used in cinema for many decades, MENASHE follows a kind, hapless grocery store clerk as he struggles to make ends meet and responsibly parent his young son, Rieven. In the wake of his wife’s death, tradition prohibits Menashe from raising his son alone, so Rieven’s strict uncle adopts him, leaving Menashe heartbroken. Meanwhile, though Menashe seems to bungle every challenge in his path, his rabbi grants him one special week with Rieven before his wife’s memorial and a chance to prove himself a suitable man of faith and fatherhood.
"a vibrantly engaging portrait of down-to-earth lives that is affectionate, amusing and ultimately very moving" - OBSERVER UK
"A quiet triumph...An engaging drama of intimate detail and considerable humanity." - GUARDIAN
"Funny and tender. A sweet comedy that's not without a bit of sadness." - NY TIMES
"A gorgeous ode to everyone's inner screw-up. A soulful gaze on a world we rarely see in film." - ROBEREBERT.COM
"A touching depiction of fighting for what’s most important in life." - THE FILM STAGE
"Moving and universally relatable" - TIME OUT US
"Weinstein's charming Menashe immerses us in an authentic environment of ultra-Orthodox Judaism and makes it relatable by weaving a sweet story familiar in its general contours, of a single father struggling to hold onto the son he loves." - HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
Cast: Menashe Lustig, Yoel Falkowitz, Ruben Niborski
Director: Joshua Z Weinstein
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