INDIEWIRE “A24 Acquires Sundance Drama ‘Menashe’ in First Foreign-Language Buy”
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?”
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FILMMAKER MAGAZINE “The 50 Most Anticipated American Films of 2017”
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”
Deep in the heart of New York’s ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jewish community, Menashe, a kind, hapless grocery store clerk, struggles to make ends meet and responsibly parent his young son, Rieven, following his wife Leah’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 Leah’s memorial. It’s his chance to prove himself a suitable man of faith and fatherhood, and restore respect among his doubters.
Performed entirely in Yiddish, the colloquial language of the Hasidic community, Menashe uses intimate, handheld camerawork to drop us inside and humanize a hermetically sealed world of black-hatted, working-class men debating in crowded shuls or seeking counsel in the rabbi’s library. And yet Menashe is in many ways an outsider in this tight-knit circle, as he bucks convention and ruffles feathers to stay true to himself.
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