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Movie Review: 'Footnote' Unites Father and Son in Moving Drama

The Israeli film won the best screenplay award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for best foreign film at the 84th Academy Awards.

Written and directed by Joseph CedarFootnote is delightful to watch. Its writing is superb, the film is engaging.  

A wonderful father/son story taking place in Jerusalem, both Shlomo Bar-Aba (Uriel Shkolnik), Lior Ashkenazi (Eliezer Shkolnik) are outstanding in acting and incredibly believable. They have father and son banter, humor and respect.

The story is about Uriel and Eliezer, father and son, and rival professors at the Talmudic Research department of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Uriel is popular and charismatic and well liked. His father on the other hand is the opposite of his son, unpopular and stubborn with old school attitude.

Walking home from the library one day Eliezer gets a phone call from the Minister of Education mistakenly thinking he's Uriel.  She congratulates him and tells him he's been nominated as the laureate of the Israel Prize (whoops, wrong guy). Well I’m sure you can imagine the zaniness that spirals when the Minster of Education realizes that she’s made an error.

Urged to tell the truth, Uriel goes to talk to his father and decides not to because Eliezer was in the middle of a toast with his friends. The plot thickens when Uriel tells his mother the truth, and she spills the beans to Eliezer.

I urge you to see this movie; it’s in Hebrew so yet another foreign film at Regency Theatres at Rancho Niguel. It’s funny and at 103 minutes, it breezes by.

Check it out with showings at ‎11:50 a.m‎, ‎2:20 p.m.,‎ ‎4:50 p.m. and‎ ‎7:30 p.m.‎

I give Footnote 3.5 out of 5 Patches.

charles linden April 14, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Can't say this appeals to me, I'm not a foreign movie kinda guy.
angela barneby April 14, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Charles, sometimes you have to break away from the comic book and superhero flicks.

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