Einaym Pkuhot (Eyes Wide Open)

Feature Film France Germany Israel 2009

Homosexuality in the Orthodox Community is the central issue of this grim and disturbing Israeli film. Aaron Fleishman is a butcher, father of four, faithful husband and devoted to the dictates of religion; he's distraught by the young and handsome Yeshiva  Ezri, a students who offers to help him in his shop. Aaron and Ezri  spend a lot of time together until their friendship turns into something deeper. Cornered by Rabbi Vaisben, Aaron start being ostracized by his community, social pressure becomes unbearable. But Aaron confesses to his peers and to himself that he's been feeling alive only since he met Ezri. The film depicts a dark and humid winter in Jerusalem, night sites, city alleys, religious rituals. A love story sorely tried by prejudice and intolerance. A minimalistic and unreal direction.

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