Footnote

Footnote

DVD - 2012 | Hebrew
Average Rating:
23
1
Rate this:
Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are father and son as well as rival professors in Talmudic Studies. When both men learn that Eliezer will be lauded for his work, their complicated relationship reaches a new peak.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2012
Description: 1 videodisc (106 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Branch Call Number: DVD Foot

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

b
biny
Feb 13, 2016

Surprisingly good, bravo to Joseph Cedar. Sciences researches, family and society interwave, ambitious yet natural, echoing Plato's statement that humans are political and social animals.

s
StopHarperNow
Jan 25, 2016

This is a fascinating movie with a good story. But it is only good - not great - because of the ending which took the easy way out and will make you groan in disappointment. If the writer would have put some effort into reconciling the final scene I would have given Footnote four or maybe five stars. Sadly, it only deserves 2 and a 1/2 because of its lame ending.

w
web7ster
Feb 19, 2015

Boring....I turned it off after a couple of minutes as I found it so bad and unwatchable,,,,

n
Nursebob
Dec 31, 2014

Embittered and moody, Professor Eliezer Shkolnik resents having to live in the shadow of his son’s (Uriel) academic success. Both are Talmudic scholars but while Eliezer’s years of meticulous study have gone largely unnoticed Uriel’s numerous books and lectures have earned him a permanent place amongst Israel’s academia. All this changes one day when Eliezer learns he is to receive the Israel Prize, that country’s highest honour for lifetime achievement. While the old man partakes in a bit of righteous gloating Uriel makes an earth-shattering discovery; there has been a clerical error and the wrong Professor Shkolnik was contacted. The Prize, in fact, is being awarded to him and not his father, a fact known only to Uriel and the award committee. Armed with this devastating news Uriel must make a momentous decision; does he plead on his father’s behalf or accept the honour and destroy’s dad’s last shred of dignity? It doesn’t help that Eliezer openly criticizes his son’s intellectual dalliances, nor that Uriel is having problems with his own son, a lost soul who is unable to live up to his dad’s rather stringent expectations. This is a stylish, tightly paced drama revolving about an enormous ethical dilemma which examines the often turbulent and contradictory relationships that exist between fathers and sons. Both actors approach their roles with a natural intensity while the actress portraying Eliezer’s wife conveys a sense of suspended judgement with her tight-lipped silence. Director Joseph Cedar refuses to offer an easy out and instead ends his amazing film with a quasi-dreamlike sequence laced with elements of farce and divine fury. Unfortunately much of the story’s finer points are lost on those of us not familiar with Talmudic references. Apparently Eliezer’s painstaking research is considered more legitimate than Uriel’s shallow forays, and this would definitely add an important spin to the narrative; but Footnote remains a gripping experience nonetheless.

nycounsel Nov 23, 2014

Well acted, a movie about a complicated father-son relationship. A little slow at times, and the epiphany the father had when determining the son's role in his receipt of a long-sought accolade - critical to the film, their relationship... could have been presented in a slightly clearer fashion, but was still really interesting to see. I thought the score was amazing.

c
caroline789
Nov 05, 2014

This item was returned to you in the inside return bin on Mon Nov 3

m
MICHELLE L. MILLS
Mar 04, 2014

Described as a comedy, but actually is a long-running sad dispute between a father and son who each expect to receive a formal honour for their separate efforts in Talmudic scholarship. Not worth viewing unless one enjoys jealousy, revenge and back room fixes.

m
mjayh
Dec 16, 2013

This is a wonderful movie, although not everyone will pick up on the subtext. My only complaint is that sometimes I found the music a bit too intrusive.

i
ilovewhippets
Sep 10, 2013

I love cultural movies.. as this one is.. Yet, it was a very disappointing movie.. and a disappointing story.. It lacked quality and other things.. I have to agree with PatrickT's comments.. This movie had a real potential.. While I learned some things about the culture and am glad for it, but in other respects, it was not worth watching.. I did enjoy the Director's comments in the Extra, though.. I really don't get it why this movie won awards..

carlcav Jul 28, 2013

An intelligent, often humourous glimpse at academic preening and backbiting.

View All Comments

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

m
MATTHEWIUS
Dec 28, 2012

MATTHEWIUS thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at BPL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top