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Eyes Wide Open (2009)

Einayim Petukhoth (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 2 September 2009 (France)
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A married, Orthodox, Jerusalem butcher and Jewish father of four falls in love with his handsome, 22-year-old male apprentice, triggering the suspicions of his wife and the disapproval of his Orthodox community.

Director:

Haim Tabakman

Writer:

Merav Doster (screenplay and story)
3 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zohar Shtrauss ... Aaron Fleischman (as Zohar Strauss)
Ran Danker ... Ezri
Tinkerbell ... Rivka Fleischman
Tzahi Grad ... Rabbi Vaisben
Isaac Sharry ... Mordechai
Avi Grainik ... Israel Fischer (as Avi Grayinik)
Eva Zrihen-Attali Eva Zrihen-Attali ... Sara
Haim Zanati ... Ultraourthodox Weirdo (as Haim Znati)
Mati Atlas ... Ex-boy Friend
Iftach Ophir ... Head of Yeshiva Student in the Butchery (as Iftach Ofir)
Safrira Zachai Safrira Zachai ... Fischer's Mother (as Shafrira Zakai)
Lidor Daudi Lidor Daudi ... Yakov
Tal Barak Tal Barak ... David
Bar Kalfin Bar Kalfin ... Shimon
Royi Zolicha Royi Zolicha ... Nataniel
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Storyline

Aaron (Zohar Shtrauss), a respected butcher and a family man in an Ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Jerusalem, leads a conservative life of community devotion and spiritual dedication. Aaron's life undergoes a series of emotional changes following the arrival of a young apprentice (Ran Danker) to his shop. Consumed with lust, the handsome "Yeshiva" student irreversibly transforms the intricate beliefs in the once-devoted butcher's life - leading Aaron to question his relationships with his wife Rivka (Tinkerbell), children, community, and God. Written by kirstein-1 / edited by TrivWhiz

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Israel | Germany | France

Language:

Hebrew | Yiddish | German | French | English

Release Date:

2 September 2009 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,818, 7 February 2010

Gross USA:

$26,258

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$276,576
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Aaron Fleischman: [translated] A young man must work and pray. Rest brings about idleness. And idleness causes madness.
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Excellent acting, excellent LGBT movie.
20 November 2014 | by OrlandoATSee all my reviews

A great, very well acted, writed and filmed movie. A emotional trip that even brings us a reflection: the complexity of being gay in the very different cultures all over the world and the complexity of being who you really want to be. No doubt, a beautiful joy of the LGBT cinema. The film has a very polished cadence, and a very polished end too. Two points that make it shine. Actors do well. Dominate their characters in a realistic, touching and very natural way. The acting is another great achievement of this production. And since this is a drama, action causes the script to succeed. It is difficult to say whether a wider audience can enjoy this movie (which is already addressed to the gay community); should be, because the emotions it reflects are universal and represent social repression, which in many countries is still a common denominator.


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