Ushpizin

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Released 2005

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Director:
Giddi Dar
Released:
2005
Rating:
PG
Ushpizin is a comedy drama about the insular world of Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem. Moshe (Shuli Rand) was once a secular Jew, but has rediscovered his faith and became an ultra-Orthodox Jew, as well as his wife, Mali (Michal Bat Sheva Rand). Moshe struggles to support their family and with the new harvest festival of Sukkot around the corner, Moshe is forced to ask for help from a yeshiva charitable fund. Moshe is told the fund has been depleted and he and Mali are left with no options but to pray for a miracle. The following day money had become available for Moshe and Mali and they believe this is the miracle they asked for. Unexpectedly Eliahu (Shaul Mizrahi) and Yosef (Ilan Gannai), two old friends of Moshe's arrive the same day. Imagining the Lord has sent him guests as part of the miracle, Moshe takes in his old pals and tries to make peace with their rambunctious ways. What Moshe doesn't know is that the two are hiding a secret which may jeopardize Moshe's entire life.moreless

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  • 70

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Stylistically Ushpizin belongs to a classic tradition of raucous Yiddish comedy that is easy to enjoy if taken lightly. At the same time, it sustains a double vision of ultra-Ortho...

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    A gently humorous fable about the power of faith and the possibility of change, Ushpizin not only takes place in Jerusalem's ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, it was filmed with tha...

  • 60

    Variety

    An enjoyable seriocomic tale of a poor couple whose holiday-time miracle becomes a test of faith.

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