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A film by Joseph Cedar

Movie review

Winner of the screenplay award in Cannes and nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Oscars, this Israeli feature depicts the intellectual rivalry between two Talmud scholars who happen to be related. The son, Uriel (Lior Ashkenazi), lovingly followed in the footsteps of his father, Eliezer (Shlomo Bar Aba), but ended up outshining him, which fills the old man with resentment. Might not sound like it, but Footnote is a gripping watch, thanks to the finely tuned script and acute direction of Joseph Cedar (Campfire, Beaufort). At times reminiscent of the Coen brothers’ A Serious Man, it also possesses a droll sense of humour, but it’s mostly heartbreaking, in a slow-burning kind of way.

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