He’arat shulayim | הערת שוליים | Footnote [2011]

7/10 | 24.May.12
He’arat shulayim  |  הערת שוליים  |  Footnote

DIRECTOR: Joseph Cedar  |  WRITER: Joseph Cedar  |  CAST: Shlomo Bar Aba, Lior Ashkenazi, Alisa Rosen, Alma Zack, Daniel Markovich, Micah Lewensohn, Yuval Scharf, Nevo Kimchi  |  Israel

Joseph Cedar’s Footnote is a character study of father and son Talmud scholars at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem whose approach to their work and to life itself are poles apart. What I found interesting is that both the father (an anti-social philologist/textual scholar whose major scholarly achievement was to have been mentioned approvingly in a footnote in another scholar’s magnum opus) and the son (a gregarious best-selling popularizer with a following outside the narrow world of Talmud scholarship) are shown to be distinctly second-rate scholars. Cedar has a little too much fun with silly crap like chapter headings and the occasional eruption of fantasy infomercials.

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