Eyes Wide Open in Brockley
Aaron a married orthodox Jew in his thirties gives an enigmatic young man (Ezri) a job in his Jerusalem butcher’s shop. Working alongside Ezri unlocks long repressed desires and the two men embark on a sexual relationship. Slowly the community begins to suspect what is happening, and so begins Aaron’s conflict between his faith, community and desire. With a restrained pace and muted colours Tabakman’s film captures the oppressive atmosphere of a closed society and the cost of breaking a great taboo.“‘A gripping tale of a man fighting with himself, his community and religion’
“Tabakman manages to break taboos without resorting to a heavy-handed attack on religion. His film is sparse, sombre and curiously compelling.” ****
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Haim Tabakman / Israel 2009 / 90 min / Hebrew & Yiddish with subtitles / Cert: 12
Queer haredim on screen in SE4! I am told this is one of the real gems of the current Israeli cinema, under-going something of a renaissance with films like Samuel Maoz's Lebanon, Eran Riklis' The Lemon Tree, Ari Folman's awesome Waltz With Bashir, Tatia Rosenthal's $9.99, Joseph Cedar's Beaufort, Eran Kolirin's The Band's Visit and Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani's Ajami.