Mendy: A Question of Faith
Mendy: A Question of Faith (2003)

One Jewish man's drug-fueled crisis of faith sets the stage for a soul-bending spiritual journey as he slowly branches out into the secular world in a film inspired by a 1997 Voice article concerning the ex-members of the Satmar sect.… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 20, 2003
DVD Release Date: March 13, 2007
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Joe Leydon

Engaging lead performances greatly enhance a familiar coming-of-age story.

John Anderson

Less captivating dramatically than anthropologically.

TV Guide

This thoughtful first film from Israeli-born filmmaker Adam Vardy offers an interesting take on the plight of a young Hassidic Jew who, in fleeing his home and family, attempts to forge a new life for himself far from the only things he ever knew.

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

Vardy draws the moral conflicts in broad strokes, but as a portrait of a man torn between his faith and the urges of his liberated hormones, it has honest depth.

Ben Kenigsberg
Village Voice

The last scene expresses simply and eloquently that devotion is where you find it.

Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

It's not just Ivan Sandomire's broken English that's richly detailed, but his really intense body language, which suggests a small creature trying to find its sea legs.

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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

At its core, Adam Vardy's Mendy: A Question of Faith espouses an inanely simplistic worldview ... but it does so with a surprising amount of respect.

Jules Brenner

fails to light up the candles, let alone create fireworks.

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