Like my friend Shifra, I, too, was lucky enough to carve out a few hours to see the movie that everyone has been talking about, Ushpizin. And I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Though the movie itself is far from groundbreaking in terms of plot line, the fact that it was so predictable did not bother me in the least. I was too engrossed in the absolutely beautiful acting of the main characters of husband and wife - married in real life as well. There are scenes that have them beseeching God for help in the form of a miracle, that were so heartfelt they had me in tears. I found the actors' portrayal of absolute bitachon (faith) in God, even in the face of tremendous trials and tribulations, to be unbelievably uplifting. Another part I particularly enjoyed was the fact that the wife, Mali, was not portrayed as ultra-Orthodox women have traditionally been portrayed in movies (A Stranger Among Us, A Price Above Rubies), as standing in the background, kowtowing to the men in her life. Instead, she has a mind of her own, and a mouth of her own to speak it. The couple has a chemistry that is explained by their real-life marriage, and it adds to the credibility of the movie. And in what is truly a refreshing break from the usual movie theater fare these days, the couple was able to express their obviously strong love for each other without any on-screen physical contact whatsoever. All in all, though some might find this movie treacly, I found its sentimentality a refreshing change of pace.
Check it out.
Check it out.