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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
12A
Cast
Zohar Shtrauss
Ran Danker
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Tzahi Grad.
Directors
Haim Tabakman.
Screenwriters
Running Time
90 minutes

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Eyes Wide Open
A kosher love story


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Plot
When his father dies, respectable married butcher Aaron (Strauss) hires handsome young student Ezri (Danker) to help him with his business. The pair soon begin a tentative affair that must at all costs be kept secret.


Review
Eyes Wide Open
The story of a kosher butcher’s gay fling with his assistant is bound to provoke controversy. Yet rather than setting out to shock, Haim Tabakman shows how a devout man can stay true to his faith and remain a decent citizen while also being homosexual. The fact that Zohar Shtrauss and Ran Danker are more physically than emotionally attracted dissipates the moral intensity, while more could have been made of a subplot scandal involving a female shopkeeper refusing an arranged marriage. But Tabakman makes evocative use of enclosed spaces and silences, and tempers the melodrama with a sociological authenticity that confirms the centrality of belief in Jewish culture.


Verdict
Evocative and authentic but lacking emotional punch.


Reviewed by David Parkinson

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