Comments on Menashe the tenth film of the 50th Season, shown on 27th February 2019
Members’ Rating 59.6%
A – 9 ; B – 25 ; C – 31 ; D – 11 ; E – 2. 78 votes from 139 Members signing in.
A – (excellent):
Fascinating insight into the community, but also showing the universal themes of love and family and a father trying to get things right for his son against the odds. Really interesting film and great story. Very insightful. So real it was like being there. Thought-provoking. Very compelling: “Acting” superb – very natural. Beautiful but disturbing. Fascinating insight into a closed community.
B – (very good): Fascinating insight into a hidden society. Poignant and wonderfully natural portrayals. A privilege to see into this strange world: Father and boy so good to watch. What a contrast to In Between! A depressing portrayal of Hasidic Judaism. Understatedly very powerful: careful presentation of a very regimented, tightly-controlled community – clash/tension between religious conformity and human emotion. A very interesting film: A good insight into Jewish life at the lower end. An interesting film – took a while to get into it but it won me over: Ungodly religious people, but in their way, they took care of each other. Unbearably painful portrayal of yet another repressive religion. He really was a mensch: Odd camera work – some shots out of focus and very close-up? Felt I was looking through the keyhole into someone’s life, so different to the one I know: The community appears very claustrophobic – rules and regulations controlled and restricted: Felt like Menashe was living a House of Cards – everything/everyone was so interdependent: We have had some very interesting films showing women constrained: This appeared to be a whole community so affected: An eye-opener! Very interesting insight into a closed and claustrophobic world and really sad. Poignant, how you have to conform. Utterly captivating from start to finish. Fascinating film – interesting insight into Jewish community. Amazing film – an extraordinary insight into Hasidic life. Good insight. Fascinating insight: The weight of pain and societal expectation tearng at him was palpable. Absorbing, if slightly puzzling! Authentic, but somewhat shocking, portrait of a father-son relationship in an unltra conservative environment – seems like a different world. Very plain, authentic, nowhere to hide portrayal of father-son struggles. Really enjoyed the naturalistic style and performances of this.
C – (good): Insight into the lifestyle of community – didn’t want him to conform. Interesting story about a universal problem, although this is a very extreme culture. A claustrophobic view of a depressingly controlling society suppressing the joy of life. Impressive and tender view into a closed community. Was really enjoying the film until the end: I would have liked a better ending: It just seemed to stop! A suffocating film in an enclosed world: Thought-provoking. Impressed by the non-actor performances: Slightly slow. I would have never known this control by men in Jewish society without this film. Moving, interesting, intense. Interesting insight into a different culture: Hard to identify with and understand: Not my favourite CFS film by a long measure. Gentle film: Hard to step out of line in such a community. Sad and joyless: A real eye-opened into the Hasidic community. Sad, moving insight into the poorer side of Jewish life. Sad little film: A very patriarchal society with a lack of positive male role models. Remarkable cast of non-professional actors, but a depressing rather than uplifting inisght into a rather closed community. A documentary: What has that little boy got to look forward to? I felt tired for the father: Such is fundamentalism. I think I’ll enjoy the film more in retrospect? An interesting insight into the Hasidic life of the men. An interesting film exploring a culture I knew little about: I enjoyed the performances and the music: Something different – a nice choice. Interesting view of a different community. Value as documentary, but not as an ordinary film. An insight into the culture: I didn’t like the ending – didn’t want him to change. Such a constrained life – yet supported by faith. Liked some of the family life near the start, but it felt longer than it was and annoying camera work: It’s just…okay.
D – (fair): It was ok – interesting glimpse into the Hasidic society, but ultimately rather dull I’m afraid: Both men and women oppressed by the society in which they lived. I was mystified and bored throughout the film. More a documentary than a film: Too many close-ups: Sometimes difficult to watch. A sad tale, well told by the non actors. A dull film about Jewish people in New York: A waste of an evening. A very depressing, disorientated, male-dominated film. Interesting insight into Jewish community but didn’t evoke any strong feelings or emotions. Rather slow, although a little insight into orthodox Jewish life. A good insight into a very austere culture that I know almost nothing about: A man’s hard struggle. Intriguing insight into another way of life. Interesting look at a different community, but I couldn’t really relate to it.
E – (poor): Glad it was only 1 hour 22 minutes! Drab after In Between. Too deep, nearly fell asleep several times: Not for me.