Runtime: 82 minutes
Directed by Joshua Z Weinstein
Starring: Menashe Lustig, Yoel Falkowitz
Language: Yiddish (with English subtitles)
Rated 100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes!
Synopsis: Performed entirely in Yiddish, a language not used in cinema for many decades, Menashe follows a kind, hapless grocery store clerk as he struggles to make ends meet and responsibly parent his young son, Rieven. But in the wake of his wife Leah’s death, tradition prohibits Menashe from raising his son alone, so Rieven’s strict uncle adopts him, leaving Menashe heartbroken. Meanwhile, though Menashe seems to bungle every challenge in his path, his rabbi grants him one special week with Rieven before Leah’s memorial and a chance to prove himself a suitable man of faith and fatherhood.
Invites audiences into the insular world of Hasidic New York via a character they won’t soon forget, memorably embodied by first-timer Menashe Lustig. -Variety
It offers us a first-person view into a completely different community, but relates to us with the universal dread that we’re bound to fail, sooner than later. -RogerEbert.com