Eyes Wide Open (2009) - Einaym Pkuhot

Eyes Wide Open (2009)
Country: Israel, Germany, France
Release Year: 2009
Aka: Einaym Pkuhot
Director: Haim Tabakman
Writer: Merav Doster
Language: Hebrew, Yiddish
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 90 min
Cast:Zohar Shtrauss, Ran Danker
Tzahi Grad, Isaac Sharry
Avi Grainik, Eva Zrihen-Attali
Studio:Arte
Imdb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1424327/
Homosexuality in the Orthodox community is the subject of a very dark and disturbing Israeli film, Eyes Wide Open (Einaym Pkuhot) which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Aaron Fleishman (Zohar Shtrauss) is a father of 4 who takes over the family kosher butcher shop following the death of his father. Aarons observant world is turned upside down with the arrival of a young Yeshiva student Ezri (Ran Danker). When Aaron and Ezri begin spending time together, Aaron is quickly ostracized within the Orthodox community. Confronted by Rabbi Vaisben (Tzahi Grad), Aaron declares he was dead before meeting Ezri. We see how quickly social control turns violent and ugly in the Orthodox community when Ezri is forced to leave. Eyes Wide Open is set during a dark and wet winter in Jerusalem. Rain and the darkness of night are used as metaphors for the ritual of cleansing and the omnipresent pressure to conform in the Orthodox community. It has a strong cast and delivers a powerful message in a country divided by debates about the growing influence of the Orthodox Jewish community.

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