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Saturday, April 21, 2012


Rivalry between father and son, both Talmudic scholars ("Teachers") for a coveted Prize, is the essence of the plot, where admiration and jealousy are interwoven as in a detective story with unerring skill by Writer/Director Joseph Cedar. This brilliant film is not for everyone, but for those who can appreciate the subtle and sometimes explosive confrontations in the hallowed halls of Hebrew Acadamia, I can definitely recommend it.  The Father, "Eliezer" is flawlessly played by Shlomo Bar-Aba, and his Son, "Uriel" (the one with the beard!) by the equally superb actor,  Lior Ashkenazi. There's a mix-up as to which of them has actually won the prize, since they both bear the title "Professor" (the audience knows), but the moral, ethical decision to let the "truth" be revealed is not an easy call.  Photography is marvelous to behold. Also, keep in mind that scholars of the sacred Talmud are highly revered.  As you know, I love subtitles, so I really enjoyed this unusual, cleverly paced, human interest-ing, intricate movie. (It's even got some "you are there" action scenes on  a hand-ball court.) 


  1. Thank you for your great movie reviews. We are including a link to your blog in the Espanola Ashram newsletter.

    By the way, I think it is more correct to use the word "cinematography" when referring to the photography in motion pictures.

    Guru Meher Kaur, Jr.
    Espanola, NM

  2. Yes, Thank you for the good advice. I shall henceforward use the more professional "cinematography!" Blessings, always, SP