Mendy - A Question of Faith
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Mendy - A Question of Faith
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. By filling his cast largely with Orthodox and formerly Orthodox actors, director Adam Vardy creates a believable environment in which the titular character's desperate search to find himself leads him to try his very first cheeseburger, experience the first painful pangs of true love, and accompany his spiritually corrosive Brazilian roommate to a series… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

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"Engaging lead performances greatly enhance a familiar coming-of-age story."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"Less captivating dramatically than anthropologically."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"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."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"The last scene expresses simply and eloquently that devotion is where you find it."
‑ Ben Kenigsberg, Village Voice
"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."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"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."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"fails to light up the candles, let alone create fireworks."
‑ Jules Brenner,
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