Footnote (2012)

Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are both eccentric professors, who have dedicated their lives to their work in Talmudic Studies. The father, Eliezer, is a stubborn purist who fears the establishment and has never been recognized for his work.… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 9, 2012
DVD Release Date: July 24, 2012
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

At the last... Footnote is so intelligently and deftly made that we are glad it exists.

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David Denby
New Yorker

Footnote requires little knowledge of Judaism and its texts. Rather, it's about the complications of love, guilt, and rage.

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J. Hoberman

Everything now in place, Footnote's almost wordless last 15 minutes are exquisitely choreographed.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

"Footnote" deals with ambition, isolation, the dangers of too much success and the inevitable gap between generations.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Israeli writer-director Joseph Cedar's tale of two Talmudic scholars set in present-day Jerusalem, while not exactly side-splitting, is quietly riotous. And, yes, the guffaws are bittersweet.

Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

[A] mix of dry humor and bleak drama.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Cedar mines dark humor from the humiliations of identity checks and pecking orders.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

At times, the film seems to turn into a microfiche machine, with the story's sections divided by frames thumping past us as if propelled by a researcher, eyes scanning.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

a consistently inconsistent drama that could and should have been so much better.

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Jim Hunter
A man who has followed in his father's footsteps in the study of the Talmud give up a prestigious prize for his father's benefit. There are moments in… More
'Footnote'. Pride is at the forefront of this complicated, but hilarious father-son relationship. Acting, writing, direction. Tick tick tick.
William Dunmyer
"Footnote" should have been a short. Israeli writer/director Joseph Cedar took what was essentially a compelling short film and dragged it out to… More
Mark Abell
The father-son relationship was explored on a couple of levels, along with the larger family dynamic and it also managed to weave in a strong thread concerning… More
Greg S
The story of two Professor Shkolniks: father Eliezer is a bitter Talmudic scholar whose life work can be reduced to one footnote in a major reference work,… More
Walter M.
"Footnote" starts with Professor Uriel Shkolnik(Lior Ashkenazi) being honored for his work in Talmudic research while his father, Professor Eliezer… More