Mendy: A Question of Faith
Mendy: A Question of Faith (2003)

One Jewish man's drug-fueled crisis of faith sets the stage for a soul-bending spiritual journey as he slowly branches out into the secular world in a film inspired by a 1997 Voice article concerning the ex-members of the Satmar sect.… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 13, 2007
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Joe Leydon
Variety

Engaging lead performances greatly enhance a familiar coming-of-age story.

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John Anderson
Newsday

Less captivating dramatically than anthropologically.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

This thoughtful first film from Israeli-born filmmaker Adam Vardy offers an interesting take on the plight of a young Hassidic Jew who, in fleeing his home and family, attempts to forge a new life for himself far from the only things he ever knew.

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

Vardy draws the moral conflicts in broad strokes, but as a portrait of a man torn between his faith and the urges of his liberated hormones, it has honest depth.

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Ben Kenigsberg
Village Voice

The last scene expresses simply and eloquently that devotion is where you find it.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

It's not just Ivan Sandomire's broken English that's richly detailed, but his really intense body language, which suggests a small creature trying to find its sea legs.

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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

At its core, Adam Vardy's Mendy: A Question of Faith espouses an inanely simplistic worldview ... but it does so with a surprising amount of respect.

Jules Brenner
Filmcritic.com

fails to light up the candles, let alone create fireworks.

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