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The insular world of Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem comes to the screen (with their blessings) in this warm comedy drama. Moshe (Shuli Rand) was once a secular Jew, but he rediscovered his faith and became an ultra-Orthodox Jew, and with his wife, Mali (Michal Bat Sheva Rand), he struggles to support their family. With the harvest festival of Sukkot around the corner, Moshe is broke, and asks for help from a yeshiva charitable fund. Moshe is told the fund has been depleted, and he and Mali are left with no options but to pray for a miracle. To their surprise, the next day they're informed some… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[The film] places a captivating life study in the context of a modern fairy tale."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"It had me, this film with blessings on its mind."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"An orthodox Jew will identify and thereby raise the level of the movie to something beyond the temporal film experience"
‑ Jordan Hiller,
"In addition to providing a fascinating, agenda-free look at an unseen way of life, the film presents a lesson that should be welcome among people of any faith or none at all."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"The type of well-written and thoughtful family film that some may have been clamoring for since the hugely successful and hugely formulaic My Big Fat Greek Wedding."
‑ Kent Turner,
"Very light, even saccharine at times, but blessed with enough pure charm to make the syrup go down a treat."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Ushpizin will certainly be manna to people of religious sensibility, but you need not be a believer to appreciate its humor and humanity."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"Dryly funny and richly humane, Ushpizin marries biblical simplicity to secular banality to depict an everyday miracle of devotion rewarded."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
"Devout and delightful. That's a rare one-two punch for a feature film. Ushpizin pulls it off."
‑ Larry Ratliff, San Antonio Express-News
"has educational value, but it's the wrong kind"
‑ Pete Croatto,
"An unexpected delight from an unlikely source, Ushpizin is the first feature film set inside the closed community of Jerusalem's ultra-Orthodox Jews."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Viewers who aren't familiar with Orthodox Jewish culture might have trouble fully relating to this Israeli film. But everyone should be able to appreciate its heartwarming tone."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Ushpizin is engaging, entertaining and has something to say about us humans, through the prism of discovering %u2013 or re-discovering %u2013 the importance of faith, and the strength it can impart. Especially under duress."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"The film provides a valuable glimpse into the religious practices of ultra-Orthodox Jews living in Jerusalem. But it's also a cleverly plotted film, which, refreshingly, also features a few welcome comic elements."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"The film rests squarely on the backs of Rand and his wife, who snatches the spotlight from her professionally trained husband in her acting debut."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
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