Menashe

New York Times Critics' Pick
82 mins.
PG
Yiddish with subtitles
2017

Deep in the heart of New York's ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jewish community, Menashe, a kind, hapless grocery store clerk, struggles to make ends meet and responsibly parent his young son, Rieven, following his wife Leah's death.

Tradition prohibits Menashe from raising his son alone, so Rieven's strict uncle adopts him, leaving Menashe heartbroken. Although Menashe seems to bungle every challenge in his path, his rabbi grants him one special week with Rieven before Leah's memorial.

A tender drama performed entirely in Yiddish, the film intimately explores the nature of faith and the price of parenthood.