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Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are both eccentric professors, who have dedicated their lives to their work in Talmudic Studies. The father, Eliezer, is a stubborn purist who fears the establishment and has never been recognized for his work. While his son, Uriel, is an up-and-coming star in the field, who appears to feed on accolades, endlessly seeking recognition. Then one day, the tables turn. When Eliezer learns that he is to be awarded the Israel Prize, the most valuable honor for scholarship in
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At the last... Footnote is so intelligently and deftly made that we are glad it exists.
"Footnote" deals with ambition, isolation, the dangers of too much success and the inevitable gap between generations.
Cedar mines dark humor from the humiliations of identity checks and pecking orders.
Footnote requires little knowledge of Judaism and its texts. Rather, it's about the complications of love, guilt, and rage.
Israeli writer-director Joseph Cedar's tale of two Talmudic scholars set in present-day Jerusalem, while not exactly side-splitting, is quietly riotous. And, yes, the guffaws are bittersweet.
At times, the film seems to turn into a microfiche machine, with the story's sections divided by frames thumping past us as if propelled by a researcher, eyes scanning.
Cedar remains in stylistic second gear for the rest of the film, and interest fizzles out long before the finish line.
A dry academic tragi-comedy about academic blackballing, scholarship and taking stock of how you've spent, or misspent, your life.
It remains painful to live in a world where Jack and Jill makes it into commercial cinemas and this superb Israeli film gets kicked into the underbrush.
Footnote is lighthearted in tone -- which is key to its success, even though it deals with serious family issues and also spotlights the stubbornness and hypocrisy of academic world.
...a drama about the internecine skirmishes - actual and metaphoric - fought between fathers and sons that might fairly be called Shakespearean.
The premise enables Cedar to spoof academic infighting and professorial egomania even as he dissects a love-hate blood connection that has been fraught with tension and mistrust ever since Abraham was willing to slay Isaac.
While neither father or son are likeable characters, Cedar still manages to make us care about what will happen to their tumultuous relationship. The end result is a gratifying treat.
Footnote has moments of humor and moments of pathos, but they often seem to be coming from different movies.
A dense and complex piece of filmmaking, made manageable through the warm and totally compelling performances of the two lead actors.
A funny, sorrowful, sharp-witted look at ambition, ego, and fathers and sons.
Ultimately it's about how fathers and sons manage the added complexity in their relationship of professional rivalry - and the potential for deep wounds to be inflicted by one upon the other
Audience Reviews for Footnote
- Eliezer Shkolnik: There are things more important than the truth.
- Uriel Shkolnik: It will kill him.
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