Hofshat Kaits (My Father My Lord)
Hofshat Kaits (My Father My Lord) (2008)

Israeli director David Volach's chamber drama My Father, My Lord (aka Hofshat Kaits, 2006) provides an intense character study of a rabbi in an Orthodox neighborhood, whose letter-of-the-law application of Talmudic tenets takes an… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 11, 2008
DVD Release Date: December 2, 2008
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This beautiful Israeli film is both a moving family drama and a potent examination of the trials of faith.

Wally Hammond
Time Out

You could say this film is at once a secular fable on a religious dilemma and an almost religious parable about an all-too-human tragedy.

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Tasha Robinson
Chicago Tribune

[Director David] Volach makes every moment count by holding tight close-ups on the faces of his extraordinarily tender, expressive cast, framing them with an elegant beauty.

Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Helped by gorgeous photography and sound design, it's a work of considerable force that bears comparison with Terence Davies's early films.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

An impressive debut by 37-year-old Israeli writer-director David Volach, "My Father My Lord" squeezes more humanity into 72 minutes than most Hollywood movies can muster in two hours or more.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

It's an affecting portrait of family life that gives way to a profound depiction of faith shaken to its roots.

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Edward Porter
Sunday Times (UK)

This approach - together with Volach's tenderness in describing Menahem's sense of wonder - makes the film's middle scenes beguiling.

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

Volach doesn't waste a word or action in his spare, finely crafted screenplay.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

My Father My Lord is an impressive first feature that stands out for its emotional qualities, its ambition and its brevity. In this day of endless epics, this 73-minute Israeli film manages to do a lot with very little time.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

All three actors are excellent.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
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[font=Century Gothic]In "My Father My Lord," Menachem(Ilan Griff) is your typical child with an innate curiosity at the world around him while… More