At the movies: Footnote
Eliezer Shkolnik and his son, Uriel, have a tenuous relationship. They share a passion – Talmudic studies – yet there’s an underlying jealousy between them. Uriel’s work gets more recognition making things even more difficult. When Eliezer gets a call that he will be awarded the prestigious Israel Prize it seems that his life’s work is finally being noticed.
Footnote is an Israeli film that has won several awards, including Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival. It was also nominated for an Academy Award for the Best Foreign Language Film this year, so my friend and I decided to go see it and neither of us loved it.
I did enjoy the peek into life in Israel and appreciated that the actors weren’t all glamorous and gorgeous. I thought the story dragged, though, and I’m not sure if it’s because it was subtitled or if it’s just slow. The movie ended abruptly and I didn’t like that there was no resolution – I know life can be that way, but it seemed to stop in an odd spot. I have a feeling the movie is for people who are more sophisticated than I am. Here’s a peek at the trailer: