Eyes Wide Open

2010-11-15 10:54
 
Eyes Wide Open
 
What it's about:

Homosexuality in the Orthodox community is the subject of a very dark and disturbing Israeli film, Eyes Wide Open (Einaym Pkuhot) which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Aaron Fleishman (Zohar Shtrauss) is a father of 4 who takes over the family kosher butcher shop following the death of his father. Aarons observant world is turned upside down with the arrival of a young Yeshiva student Ezri (Ran Danker). When Aaron and Ezri begin spending time together, Aaron is quickly ostracized within the Orthodox community.

Confronted by Rabbi Vaisben (Tzahi Grad), Aaron declares he was dead before meeting Ezri. We see how quickly social control turns violent and ugly in the Orthodox community when Ezri is forced to leave. Eyes Wide Open is set during a dark and wet winter in Jerusalem. Rain and the darkness of night are used as metaphors for the ritual of cleansing and the omnipresent pressure to conform in the Orthodox community. It has a strong cast and delivers a powerful message in a country divided by debates about the growing influence of the Orthodox Jewish community.

What the critics thought:


"A sensitively directed and movingly acted story of forbidden love."
- Tom Dawson, Total Film

"Tabakman makes evocative use of enclosed spaces and silences, and tempers the melodrama with a sociological authenticity that confirms the centrality of belief in Jewish culture."
- David Parkinson, Empire Magazine

"Quiet, sober and tense, the movie makes some interesting points, but it lacks the emotional firepower of Brokeback Mountain."
- Kyle Smith, New York Post

A married, Orthodox Jewish father of four falls in love with a twenty two year old male student.

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