Ushpizin

Ushpizin

DVD - 2006
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A heartwarming and light hearted look at the daily lives of ultra-Orthodox Jews learning, livinig and loving in modern-day Israel. The story of a family facing hardships who must rely on their faith for miracles to happen during the holiday season
Publisher: Burbank, CA : New Line Home Entertainment, [2006]
ISBN: 9780780654778
0780654773
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Ushpizin 2006
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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Nursebob
Mar 10, 2016

I always find religious eccentricities somewhat baffling while inspirational tales of “miraculous intercession” are downright hokey, and "Ushpizin" definitely delivers on both counts. But all those orthodox idiosyncrasies provide a degree of cultural humour especially when they clash with the boorish secularism of a pair of unwelcome guests. Furthermore, the constant struggle to balance faith (or simply hope) with harsher reality will strike a universal chord with any audience. And finally, despite a predictably saccharine ending, Shuli and Michal Rand are just plain charming together. Their grounded performances, full of piety yet tinged with doubt, make "Ushpizin" more than just a Judaic Hallmark Moment.

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ThomasJWhiting
May 27, 2015

Very entertaining glimpse into orthodox haredi Judaism. I particularly enjoyed Mali, and also the interaction between Moshe and Mali and the two "guests".

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tanangel11
May 19, 2011

For anyone on a spiritual journey, wondering why bad things happen to good people, this movie answers with deep, soul-searching wisdom. I found the movie deeply moving, a reminder of the 'blessings in disguise' which are opportunities to show wisdom and loving kindness.

soblessed59 Apr 25, 2011

Shuli Rand, Michal Bat-Sheva Rand, Shaul Mizrahi, Ilan Ganani, Avraham Abutboul
A cinematic fable set in the orthodox Jewish world, Ushpizin follows a poor childless devout man named Moshe (Shuli Rand) and his wife Malli (Michal Bat Sheva Rand, Shuli's real-life spouse) who can't afford a succah, the temporary dwelling required by the Succoth holiday. Suddenly a friend helps them find a succah and an anonymous donation rescues them from debt; Moshe believes the Lord has smiled on him at last and celebrates by buying a particularly beautiful citron (a lemon-like fruit) for the Succoth observations. But when a couple of escaped convicts appear--one of whom knows Moshe from his old neighborhood--they insinuate themselves into Moshe and Malli's hospitality and quickly abuse it, threatening the couple's marriage and testing their faith. Like many Jewish stories, Ushpizin balances an almost fairy-tale story with psychologically real characters (made all the more vivid thanks to the uniformly excellent performances) and complex social conflict. The movie provides a fascinating look into a
closed community--though its insider's perspective may seem initially opaque to many viewers, the personalities and conflicts soon become accessible to anyone. A unique, intriguing film.

Don't Recall Any Other Film Showing Such A Beautiful Love affair With God!
I saw my library's copy of this,and had to then purchase it for myself,plus 2 more for gifts! This movie is one that I want to watch over and over again,and share with everyone! I really loved the characters of Moshe and his wife Mali.The love between them,and their love and relationship with God including some of their private and personal,plus shared conversations with Him, were so heartwarming to watch.I can't remember ever seeing a movie portray so beautifully and perfectly just how natural it should be for us to interact with our Heavenly father. An excellent example for protestant Christians,such as myself,to follow,as well. I can't wait for my own copy to arrive so I can watch it again. This was a feast on every level from beginning to end.

I had a lump in my throat and teary eyes,several times,and there are also several laugh-out-loud funny parts,because of their 'holy guests',LOL!

One certainly feels edified after watching this Jewel.

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