Eyes Wide Open (Einaym Pkuhot)
Eyes Wide Open (Einaym Pkuhot) (2010)

A man who acknowledges a side of himself he's kept hidden for decades must decide between love, loyalty, and faith in this drama from filmmaker Haim Tabakman set in Jerusalem. Aaron (Zohar Strauss) is an orthodox Jew in his mid-thirties… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 5, 2010
DVD Release Date: November 16, 2010
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ed Koch
The Atlantic

Those interested in viewing a lifestyle they never knew--that of the pious gay--while the acceptance of homosexuality is an issue around the world, will be enlightened by this film.

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New York Magazine/Vulture

Eschews sentimentality and pathos, instead letting body language and the dusty, gloomy streets of Jerusalem shape the story.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The movie respects the Jewish tradition of inquiry and debate; it unreels as a sort of dramatic dialogue that acknowledges the benefits and terrors of both religious fundamentalism and personal freedom.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

The unusually subtle yet eloquent debut of Israeli director Haim Tabakman...

A.O. Scott
New York Times

It moves slowly and patiently through the ordeal of a single soul, illuminating in the process a cosmos of intense and hidden feeling.

Alistair Harkness

This restrained piece from first-time Israeli film-maker Haim Tabakman explores the tension between faith and sexuality in Jerusalem.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Slow and often silent, it's an extraordinarily disciplined film that respects, if not honours, the milieu of its story...

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

Quiet, sober and tense, the movie makes some interesting points, but it lacks the emotional firepower of Brokeback Mountain.

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

The simplicity of the tale is its strength and the acting of Zohar Strauss as Aaron and Ran Danker as Ezri is entirely natural.

Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A simple, powerful and intense Israeli drama about desire versus religious faith in Jerusalem, presenting an extremely engaging forbidden love story between two… More
Henrik Schunk
A movie about homosexuals in an orthodox Jewish environment sounds like something that could go horribly wrong, but we're lucky, Eyes Wide Open pulls it… More
Daniel Dolgin
Eyes Wide Open is my official introduction to Israeli cinema and I must say it's a weak start. While the film which is a directorial debut is well… More
Daniel Parsons
"We cannot go on like this. I have a wife, family, children." "And I have only you." Subtle, downplayed drama with more than a passing… More