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 gorgeous ode to everyone's inner screw-up.
A soulful gaze on a world we rarely see in film.”
“A touching depiction of fighting
for what’s most important in life.”
THE FILM STAGE
“A quiet triumph...
An engaging drama of intimate detail and
“Moving and universally relatable.”
AM NEW YORK
“Funny and tender.
A sweet comedy that's not without a bit of sadness.”
Physicist and researcher Jane Chandler is happily married to writer, Matt. They have two kids, Jake and Samantha. Jane has her own lab and together with her assistant, Regg, they experiment with matter teleportation. Later, tragedy strikes: Matt is killed in a car crash. Grieving, Jane falls to pieces. But a few weeks later comes a ray of hope. Using her revolutionary teleportation machine Jane finds a way to travel to a parallel world where she finds an ‘alternate version’ of Matt. But this version of her deceased husband reveals himself to be a very different man. A soldier, he carries a strange, deadly weapon and has a temper that can erupt at any moment. It soon becomes clear that she has made a terrible mistake and now she must find a way to defeat him and save her family.
“A solid story maintaining a theme to give it cohesion from beginning to end”