Film Review: Footnote

| 19 April , 2012 | Reply

Directed by: Joseph Cedar
Starring: Shlomo Bar-Aba, Lior Ashkenazi,
Sassi\’s Star Rating: 3.5/5

Comedy and tragedy sit side by side as father and son jostle for recognition in Footnote. The foreign film, written and directed by Joseph Cedar, revolves around the academic quest of two men for the country\’s esteemed award, the Israel Prize. While the premise may not seem too captivating for some, the richness of the characters and well-written story immediately pulls in viewers.

The movie starts, as it tells the audience, on the most difficult day in the life of Professor Eliezer Shkolnik, played by Shlomo Bar-Aba. Eliezer is standing in his study, and the thought of this being his hardest day is instantly humorous, but next we see him at an award ceremony for his son, where Eliezer is the last to stand and clap for his son\’s success, and the first to sit down.

What follows is an interesting battle of academics, spurred by the competition and loyalty between father and son, through their work in Talmudic Studies. But when a mishap throws the son Uriel, played by Lior Ashkenazi, into an awkward position, viewers are hooked, wanting to know if Uriel will do what is best for his father, or himself. While director Cedar said, ‘. . . I think this story qualifies as a tragedy. As most father-son stories do,\’ it could be argued that the sharp editing, upbeat music and superb acting give the film elements of an intellectual comedy.

If you\’ve pushed your way through the world of academia you\’ll find this an entertaining film. There are enough comedic scenes and universal themes of family rivalry to keep you interested till the very end, and then after, as the ending leaves you questioning Eliezer\’s final actions in this well made and intriguing film.

Father and son rivalry at its best! In cinemas now!


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