Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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.
Eight watch of March around the World: Israel. Father and son are rivalling professors in the Talmud department of Hebrew University in Jerusalem, employing opposing methodological approaches to gather empirical results. When after sixteen consecutive nominations for the prestigious Israeli research award the father finally receives a phone call that he has been granted the prize, he is in seventh heaven, but it appears that a mistake has been made and that it is actually the son who will be honoured. The latter must now do anything within his power to ensure his father’s accolade, whilst keeping the mess-up a secret for the rest of the world. The film is directed in such a way that both the son’s and…
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’.…
Why I watched this one? Footnote was nominated for a Best Foreign Film Oscar....so it made my list of movies to watch.
What is this one about? A father and son are rival professors in Talmudic Studies. When both men learn that the father will be lauded for his work, their complicated relationship reaches a new peak.
My thoughts on this one? I thought the beginning was slow moving.....the middle of the movie picked up nicely and was interesting.....but I hated the ending....if you can call it an ending. Apparently there is lots of comedy in this movie....sadly my knowledge of Talmudic Studies is very lacking....so much of the humor flew right over my head. Final thought: I was expecting more from this movie....but in the end it falls in the average category of 3 stars for me.
I usually don't like watching Israeli films.
It is a little weird for me living in the country, yet I always find our cinema to be either overly melodramatic or concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
So watching a film completely different from the usual offerings of the Israeli cinema is a fresh breath of air.
And it really helps the film is great on all accounts.
The film is about a father and a son, Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik, both of whom are Talmud professors.
Eliezer has devoted 30 years to research, only to have another professor find information that renders Eliezer's research useless.
He becomes bitter at his lack of honor from the state and his peers.
His son on…
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…
I don't think this movie is for me. Not in the sense of some of the other stuff I've been watching to catch up with the 2010s lately (the trend of which this is actually the last film in, woo!), like Mysteries of Lisbon, where my sensibilities as a movie watcher simply are still growing to be able to really grasp what's going on there. Rather, this is, I would say, pretty effortlessly the most Jewish film I have ever seen, among the fairly limited competition I have to pit it against (A Serious Man and the Time That Remains are all that come immediately to mind, to be entirely fair), and a lot of it seems, to me, to…
One of my favorite (sub-)sub-genres: broad comedies about high-minded affairs. ERIN BROCKOVICH remains the peak of this deceptively populist style, unmasking itself as anti-corporate propaganda while bewitching you with narrative ease and star wattage. But FOOTNOTE is plenty sharp about its own target, namely academia and the angst of aggrieved intellectualism. It doesn't aim as high as ERIN BROCKOVICH, but then it never seeks to in the first place.
The abrupt ending is jarring until you realize it has indeed said all it wants to. The resolution is the son and the father realizing where they stand with each other, not the aftermath of the central deception. May all narrative films recognize their own completeness so accurately.
Very good cinematography, editing, and sound editing. Nice soundtrack. Interesting story about academia and a father/son conflict. You have to really pay attention to get this movie because it's not in English and not everything is explained in the film. Cool stuff though.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Vader en zoon filoloog leggen zich toe op de Talmoed-studie, vader filoloog met een monnikenwerk zonder einde en evenveel appreciatie, zoon met pop-studies die hem naar het firmament van de academische wereld schieten.
Film met een knal van een premisse, zeer overtuigend gespeeld, met enkele scènes (vooral de kleine kantoor-scène) die recht van het theater maar met een fantastische surplus geplukt zijn, en een ongelooflijk meeslepende 50 minuten. Maar.
Die 50 minuten is het middelste blok. Het eerste wordt verpest door een misplaatste focus op editing en een Amélie Poulain vertelstructuur. Op zich is het lollig, leuk gemaakt en meeslepend, maar als het verhaal dan uiteindelijk begint, voelt het zeer wrang en goedkoop.
Het laatste blok wordt verpest omdat het…
This Israeli drama takes quite a while to setting up the story, but the end result is worth it. There's a lot of subtle messages here, one of which is satirical view of academia and how far it's removed from the real world. This is a kind of movie that offers no easy answers or resolutions. Just like in real life, it's up to the audience to process the information and draw conclusions.
The idiotic world of Academia, the complexity of father-son relationships and the ideas of sacrifice and justice. All these topics are discussed here with a delightful mix of comedy and sobriety. Well constructed and with great visual devices, this is a hidden gem.
great ideas are at play here but the movie still quite not work; it is not the easiest movie to follow but the subtle comedy and tragic finale make it worth it.
The direction is original and the excellent screenplay explores themes as parenthood and respect. At some moments it looks like a Coen brothers picture.
Interesting movie about the politics of academia. The father is a real asshole character, his utter unlikability kind of hurts the movie, at least for me.
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
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