Menashe

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  82 min.
Release Date: August 11, 2017 - Toronto, Vancouver, Montréal

Current rating: Rating: 3.50
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Cast: Menashe Lustig, Ruben Niborski, Yoel Weisshaus, Meyer Schwartz

Synopsis

When his wife Leah dies, Menashe (Menashe Lustig) — a kind, hapless grocery store clerk — struggles. In his ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jewish community in New York, tradition prohibits a Hasidic child from being raised in a house without a mother, so Menashe is not allowed to raise his young son, Rieven (Ruben Niborski), alone. He has to leave Rieven in the care of his late wife's judgmental brother Eizik (Yoel Weisshaus) and his wife.

Heartbroken, Menashe tries to find a way to get Rieven back, including considering marriage, but having endured an arranged marriage before, he's not anxious to dive into another relationship without love.

Director: Joshua Z Weinstein
Studio: Mongrel Media
Producer(s): Alex Lipschultz, Traci Carlson, Daniel Finkelman, Yoni Brook, Joshua Z. Weinstein
Screenplay: Alex Lipschultz, Musa Syeed, Joshua Z Weinstein

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  • 4 stars "Sweet story of a good father fighting to keep his motherless son ."
  • 3 stars "A sweet sad story of a widower who is not allowed by his religion to keep his son with him unless he gets married and provides a home for him,"