Thursday, November 10, 2005


So, I saw Ushpizin. My impressions of the film:

• Entertainment value: 3 stars (4 if, like me, you get a real kick out of watching Israelis on the big screen being Israeli with all their mannerisms and expressions)
• Storyline: decidedly unexciting
• Light in which it depicts both charedi and secular Jews: unfavorable. Charedim (ultra-orthodox Jews) come out looking like primitive people who are too helpless to do anything but pray. Perhaps I'm missing something, but if my husband wasn't getting his kollel check and there was no food on the table on Erev Succot, I'd send him to get himself a job building some rich guy's sukka - not to go sit on a bench and pray. (He can pray while he hammers.) A little more hishtadlut, people! Then again, I have no idea what Breslovers feel about such matters and maybe hishtadlut is not in their book. The only seculars we meet in the movie are two irreverent, arrogant criminals who, until they have created a serious rift in their hosts' marriage, devote their time to making the said hosts miserable. Hmmm.

Anyone else saw it? Whadidya think?


Anonymous said...

I thought there were other points in the movie to consider. It is lovely to watch the tenderness,warmth and facial expressions between the husband, Moshe and wife, Mali. I admired how this financial poor couple, bring GD into their daily lives in an open direct way. How many times a day, do we thank gd for the goodness that he bestows upon us???? or do we only believe, it has occured because of ME, the great ME.. I thought the acting was quite good, and the story CUTE. The beauty of the sunset over the horizon of Jerusalem was touching and magical. It is worth a visit to the theatre to see, especially with a husband or family member. ??????

Naim Peress said...

As a secular Jew, the film gave me a small sense of what being an Orthodox Jew is about. These observances are a way of bringing God's light into this world. It is a really lovely film. Perhaps you'd like to check out what I thought of it at


Hirshel Tzig said...

Ditto on the Israeli mannerisms.

I liked it, what can I say?

Breslov, I believe has this concept of waiting for G-d to literally drop it on your head, at least when it comes to Shidduchim. Besides.

Ari said...

I've always wondered if the purpose of Ushpizin is to get seculars to appreciate Orthodox lifestyle or to get orthodox to appreciate the Breslov lifestyle. because breslovers are very very different than even many chasidic groups.

I want to make a movie to get people to appreciate the Chofetz Chaim yeshiva lifestyle. Entitled "Pilpul" it will try to depict yeshiva guys trying to figure out what women really want. Do they really want cold hard cash or will they settle for bananas?

"Pilpul 2: Baal of the Rings" is expected to come out half a year later and still focused on the same sugya in Kiddushin.

Ayelet said...

Ari: LOL!