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When faced with a bizarre crisis, a contemporary Jewish family finds itself torn between legalistic ancient teachings and the modernity necessary for daily problem-solving, in Raphael Nadjari's spiritually themed psychological drama Tehilim. The older generation of the clan at the heart of this story -- typified by grandfather Shmuel (Ilan Dar), his middle-aged son, Eli (Shmuel Vilojni), and Eli's brother, Aharon (Yohav Hayit) -- approaches life with byzantine, cerebral theological discussions. The younger generation -- exemplified by Eli's teenage son, Menachem (Michael Moshonov)… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 25%

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"Modest to a fault, the introverted family drama Tehilim circles an unsolved mystery and unresolved emotions."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Narrow focus will limit the film's appeal severely."
‑ Ray Bennett, Hollywood Reporter
"The cast is superb, the direction flawless, and the film unmistakably consequential."
‑ Brandon Judell, CultureCatch
"Imagine a Jewish L'Avventura without any of the profound existential rumination, troubling emotional ennui or unnervingly seductive filmmaking, and a picture will form of this well-intentioned but ultimately simplistic tale of loss."
‑ Stephen Garrett, Time Out New York
"Exploring unresolved loss with docu-like veracity, this intimate, disturbing tale will prove more frustrating than enlightening for many viewers, despite its conversation-sparking premise."
‑ Lisa Nesselson, Variety
"Indifferently shot and only competently acted, Tehilim derives its emotional force from the inchoate spiritual torment that the older son suffers."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Despite an interesting premise and a good background (contempo Jerusalem), this is a dull, frustrating family melodrama, the weakest of the 3 Israeli films shown in 2007 Cannes Film Festival; the other two are Jellyfish and The Band's Visit."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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