Eyes Wide Open (Einayim Pkuhot)


(out of 5)

Aaron, an Orthodox butcher in Jerusalem opens his workplace and home to a visitor when young Yeshiva student Ezri shows up at his door in need of help: he is between destinations and requires somewhere to work and sleep. Aaron senses that this young man is running away from something but, despite any misgivings, allows him to sleep in the back of the store while welcoming him to his family, who gladly share meals with the visitor. As time passes, however, Ezri’s secret is revealed and his host is affected by it: the young man’s melancholy is the heartbreak of love for another man, and this allows Aaron to finally deal with his own confused sexuality. It’s a conventional, doomed-love story with a less familiar setting, but the characters are dull, the pace is wooden and the film never manages to excite any interest.

Pimpa Film Productions, Riva Filmproduktion, Totally, Das Kleine Fernsehspiel, Arte, Yes, Keshet Broadcasting, Israel Film Fund, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, The Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, Israel Film Council, Israel Fund for Film Production

Israel/Germany/France, 2009

Directed by

Story and screenplay by

Cinematography by

Produced by , , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Toronto International Film Festival 2009



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