Directed by Joshua Z. Weinstein
Screenplay by Alex Lipschultz, Musa Syeed, and Joshua Z. Weinstein
Starring Menashe Lustig, Yoel Weisshaus, Ruben Niborski, and Yoel Falkowitz
USA · Yiddish w/ subtitles
Rated PG · 1h 22m
Filmed on the sly, Menashe is a fascinating, poignant and rare glimpse into the world of ultra-Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn, starring members of the Hasidic community.
“The tenderhearted story of a 30ish Hasidic widower striving to carve out a life for himself and his young son, Rieven, in Brooklyn’s strict ultra-Orthodox community. Messy, feckless, and barely solvent – he keeps finding fresh ways to burn through the scant paycheck he earns stocking a local bodega – Menashe is more an unreliable friend to Rieven than a father: He fills him up with soda and cake for breakfast and is much better at making lion sounds than passing on the wisdom of the Talmud. But he also adores him, and chafes at the stern brother-in-law and rule-bound elders who insist he’s not fit to parent until he takes a new wife. (His first marriage, he reveals to his Hispanic co-workers with halting honesty one night over backroom beers, wasn’t so great.) With his dumpling body and frizzled ginger beard, Lustig is probably no one’s idea of a movie star, but he gives a lovely, lived-in performance. And the film has an unpolished intimacy, peeling back the surface exoticism of a cloistered faith to reveal the poignantly ordinary struggle of being an imperfect person in the world.” – Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly
Menashe will be screening on Friday, October 27 at 6:45 pm at City Cinema at 64 King Street in Charlottetown. From Saturday, October 28 to Tuesday, October 31 (inclusive), it will be screening at 7 pm at the same location.