In UK cinemas this weekend is the indie movie, Menashe. The film is set in Brooklyn’s ultra-orthodox Jewish community, where a widower battles for custody of his son. A tender drama performed entirely in Yiddish, the film intimately explores the nature of faith and the price of parenthood. We have an exclusive clip from the film, which you can view in our player below.
Menashe follows a kind, hapless grocery store clerk as he struggles to make ends meet and responsibly parent his young son, Rieven. In the wake of his wife’s death, tradition prohibits Menashe from raising his son alone, so Rieven’s strict uncle adopts him, leaving Menashe heartbroken. Meanwhile, though Menashe seems to bungle every challenge in his path, his rabbi grants him one special week with Rieven before his wife’s memorial and a chance to prove himself a suitable man of faith and fatherhood.
Menashe releases on 8th December and we’ll have a full review later in the week. Watch the clip below.