NY TIMES Critics Pick
INDIEWIRE Grade: A- “[Menashe’s] performance is so heartbreaking in its authenticity”
HOLLYWOOD REPORTER “Weinstein shows a welcome light touch with both the humor and the sentiment.”
SCREEN DAILY “if the Dardennes came to Brooklyn, only funnier.”
LA TIMES “How did Joshua Weinstein shoot a movie in the forbidden world of New York’s Hasidim?”
NY TIMES “Yiddish Cinema Makes a Comeback”
NPR The Leonard Lopate Show
DEADLINE “Chris Columbus Boards Sundance Pic ‘Menashe’ As EP”
FORWARD “Does This Movie Herald The Arrival Of A Yiddish Film Renaissance?”
IN GEVEB “first ever Yiddish-language film to have been selected for Berlinale”
PR/BOOKING REQUEST: Mongrel Media
Set within the New York Hasidic community in Borough Park, Brooklyn, Menashe follows a kind but hapless grocery store clerk trying to maintain custody of his son Rieven after his wife, Lea, passes away. Since they live in a tradition-bound culture that requires a mother present in every home, Rieven is supposed to be adopted by the boy’s strict, married uncle, but Menashe’s Rabbi decides to grant him one week to spend with Rieven prior to Lea’s memorial. Their time together creates an emotional moment of father/son bonding as well as offers Menashe a final chance to prove to his skeptical community that he can be a capable parent.
Shot in secret entirely within the Hasidic community depicted in the film, and one of the only movies to be performed in Yiddish in nearly 70 years, Menashe is a warm, life-affirming look at the universal bonds between father and son that also sheds unusual light on a notoriously private community. Based largely on the real life of its Hasidic star Menashe Lustig, the film is a strikingly authentic and deeply moving portrait of family, love, connection, and community.