The story of a great rivalry between a father and son, both eccentric professors in the Talmud department of Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The son has an addictive dependency on the embrace and accolades that the establishment provides, while his father is a stubborn purist with a fear and profound revulsion for what the establishment stands for, yet beneath his contempt lies a desperate thirst for some kind of recognition. The Israel Prize, Israel's most prestigious national award, is the jewel that brings these two to a final, bitter confrontation.
Part of the 30 countries festival. Israel
You don't have to be an academic to enjoy this film, but if you are or ever have been, Footnote is a must-see. It raises so many questions that are the basis of a multitude of ivory-tower hallway discussions. Eliezer Shkolnik spends 30 years in the locked archival sections of libraries comparing various texts of the Talmud on the theory that there was a different source of the material that is lost to us. When a rival researcher accidentally discovers the lost manuscript, thereby validating Eliezer's work, he publishes it himself rather than give it to Eliezer. 30 years of research and he was right, but 30 years of research and he is…
Part of Lise and Jonnie’s What A Wonderful World: May 30 days, 30 countries.
Footnote is an amazing little film that took me a while to, while watching, warm up to.
The beginning of the film introduces the two main characters, a Father and Son duo, and their specific credentials within Academia. The expositive detail of the introduction would have normally put me to sleep ( despite it being a morning viewing ) except for the playful score and interceding visual devices generously applied by Joseph Cedar. It’s almost like he was telling me ‘don’t get bogged down by all this exposition I have to shove at you, come along for the ride .. it will be worth it’.…
What started out looking like the nichiest if niche films involving the cut-throat world of Talmudic scholarship, "Footnote" actually turns out to be much more: a dark, wry, clever movie about self-worth and generational strife that continually upends the viewer's expectations.
Shlomo Bar Aba and Lior Ashkenazi play Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik, a father and son who are both noted academics in Hebrew studies. As the film opens, we see the younger Shkolnik receive a cherished academic position as the elder looks on wistfully. The film makes clear that Uriel represents the new world of academia, less dedicated to the minutiae of an argument and looking to paint…
Footnote is a satirical dark comedy with some serious elements and some really dysfunctional/flawed characters that makes up for a good viewing experience, thanks also to the actors and the writing. It revolves around the troubled relationship between a father and a son, both of them teach at the Talmud department of Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The whole structure of the movie is quite interesting and intelligent, the use of music is quite effective with the whole theme giving it quite a dramatic and thrilling effect. While the use of certain effects and interesting graphics to show the stories, backdrops, flashbacks or interesting details about the characters, their past and their inner feelings is quite genius. One can't help but…
Israeli film centred around a strained relationship between a father and son who are both Talmudic scholars. What a great movie. I loved how the film deals with the Father's feelings of resentment as his son surpasses his achievements in the same field; the Father is so stoic and grumpy, it's awesome and juxtaposing that against his son who is a lot more open and free worked very well. The films is very funny and touching, plus it exudes intelligence without being annoying. There are two scenes in particular which stood out to me, one being a long argument in a small room of professors, which plays for about five minutes and cuts serious verbal interplay some amusing physical comedy. A funny, and at times touching film that I enjoyed quite a bit.
First, this film is a lot more serious than the trailer made it look. There is some gentle humor here and there, but it is by and large a drama.
Second, the film is quite good until about 5-10 minutes from the end where it loses focus as the writer/director tries to get "artistic". It then doesn't end, but just stops.
It has the kind of non-conclusion that comes from the writer/director either not being able to figure out how to end it, from him not caring how it ends (see: David Lynch), from him being too lazy to come up with an ending, or from him enjoying the power that comes from knowing how it ends but denying that knowledge to the people who watch it (see: Michael Haneke).
A better title for this film would have been "Loose Ends". Despite all that, it still gets three stars, even though the loss of direction at the end hurt it.
This Oscar-nominated Israeli drama film (that loses to A Seperation) is about the rivalry between father and son who compete in the same academics career, and ultimately for the same top-level award. The film alternately explores and pokes fun at professional egos, family resentment, and an ethical and moral dilemma. Along with the issues raised, there are some light, comedic touches and playful camera works, which keep the film to be both compelling and entertaining, with two great central performances. However, I feel the very ambiguous, abrupt ending doesn't serve the film well at all, because unlike A Seperation's perfect ending, it doesn't tie into the story or work with the established themes too much. That makes one leaves the film with a vaguely unsatisfied feeling. Still, a very good foreign film.
A confusing narrative and manipulative soundtrack masks what could otherwise be a great exploration. Academia, fatherhood, and pride are all on the docket.
If you think Talmudic research is boring... think again. This is a field that is cutthroat and intense, true it is merely the backdrop, but still. Powerful performance from Shlomo Bar Aba, and a beautifully subtle performance Aliza Rosen. The climax scene is fantastic. And here's an ending that would never have made it had this been made in Hollywood, and perhaps is all just in the very last word (if you know Hebrew)...
A decent story ruined utterly by bad production and an obnoxious score.
Very enjoyable exploration of the rivalry between father & son professors. Nicely ambiguous and shades-of-grey, there's lots left unsaid but not in a way that ever annoyed me.
Billed as a black comedy, it's much more about the wry smiles than the belly laughs, but certainly entertaining.
Much of this film revolves around the problems inherent in measuring a man's worth. Do you take their life's work and put it on a pedestal? Or do you get into the murky facts of everything and latch onto specific points and blow those out of proportion. And ultimately that is the problem with both the characters and this film in general, it mistakes the trees for the forest.
A father and son are both Talmud researchers in Israel, the former is resigned to a petty and icy life after his research was made obsolete by a competing researcher and the latter is a very successful lecturer who must grapple with his father's general bitterness.
After a snafu with an…
Interesante historia familiar-profesional de celos y orgullo.
Publish or Perish
Not everyone realizes how cutthroat the world of academia can be. It doesn't quite fit with the popular image of the professor. It isn't just old men sitting quietly in libraries or giving lectures to drowsy students. I know someone who was forced to call the IRS to prevent an editor from driving a prestigious journal into the ground, and the problem is that it's an insular field. Word got out, and he's respected (if not liked) enough for it to have caused her problems. Everyone knew he was in the wrong, but that wasn't the point, apparently. This is a relatively minor incident; there are much worse ones. This just happens to be the one that…