“Menashe is a gorgeous ode to everyone’s inner screw-up.” (RogerEbert.com)
“…a quiet triumph, pulling back when other films would go too far, delivering an engaging drama of intimate detail and considerable humanity. (The Guardian)
Deep in the heart of New York’s notoriously secretive Hasidic Jewish community, Menashe (Hasidic actor Menashe Lutsig, whose life partially inspired the story), a good-hearted but somewhat hapless grocery store clerk, is left to care for his young son after the death of his wife. Strict tradition prohibits Menashe from raising his son alone and friends and family insist that he remarry. As Menashe struggles to overcome his grief and make enough money to feed his son, he risks losing him and the respect of his community forever. Shot in secret within the Hasidic neighborhood depicted, Menashe marks the narrative feature debut of filmmaker Joshua Z Weinstein, who crafts a poignant and funny parable about the tension between our best intentions and our efforts to make good on them.