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      Eyes Wide Open

      Released Jun 25, 2010 1h 31m Drama List
      86% Tomatometer 35 Reviews 76% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings A middle-aged Orthodox Jew, Aaron (Zohar Strauss), living and working in Jerusalem with his wife and children, meets a homeless 19-year-old student, Ezri (Ran Danker). Aaron offers to give Ezri work as his assistant at his family's butcher shop. The two men grow close and their attraction becomes sexual. Aaron must now confront his own sexuality, his feelings for Ezri and his obligations to his family and faith. But when the truth gets out, there are serious repercussions for his transgression. Read More Read Less

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      Ed Koch The Atlantic Those interested in viewing a lifestyle they never knew--that of the pious gay--while the acceptance of homosexuality is an issue around the world, will be enlightened by this film. Jan 13, 2018 Full Review Derek Malcolm London Evening Standard The simplicity of the tale is its strength and the acting of Zohar Strauss as Aaron and Ran Danker as Ezri is entirely natural. Rated: 3/5 May 20, 2010 Full Review Steve Rose Guardian This is responsible, restrained and intelligent, but if anything, the risky subject material is handled with too much caution. Rated: 3/5 May 14, 2010 Full Review Richard Propes TheIndependentCritic.com As emotionally satisfying as it is intellectually stimulating. Rated: 3.5/4.0 Sep 7, 2020 Full Review Mattie Lucas From the Front Row It is the film's unadorned simplicity that sticks in the memory, distilling complex social and religious prejudices without judgment or condescension. Rated: 3/4 Aug 5, 2019 Full Review Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald The unusually subtle yet eloquent debut of Israeli director Haim Tabakman... Rated: 3/4 Nov 4, 2010 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Georgan G 3 & 1/4 stars. A story that is clearly going to end badly. However, the final scenes are confusing as to exactly what IS he outcome. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 08/11/23 Full Review Daniel O One movie you can watch over and over. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/28/23 Full Review carlos m Filme sensacional, muito bom. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Tenuous And Beautiful In Its Sadness Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member A profoundly sullen and pensive dramatisation of the hypocrisy of hegemonic masculinity and its frailty in a strictly Orthodox Jewish community. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member This films says a lot when it says nothing at all. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis A middle-aged Orthodox Jew, Aaron (Zohar Strauss), living and working in Jerusalem with his wife and children, meets a homeless 19-year-old student, Ezri (Ran Danker). Aaron offers to give Ezri work as his assistant at his family's butcher shop. The two men grow close and their attraction becomes sexual. Aaron must now confront his own sexuality, his feelings for Ezri and his obligations to his family and faith. But when the truth gets out, there are serious repercussions for his transgression.
      Director
      Haim Tabakman
      Producer
      Rafael Katz
      Screenwriter
      Merav Doster
      Distributor
      New American Vision
      Production Co
      Riva Filmproduktion
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      Hebrew
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jun 25, 2010, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 3, 2017
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $30.8K
      Runtime
      1h 31m
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