Review – Betrayed

Set in Oslo during the events of World War ll, Betrayed follows the lives of the Jewish Braude family who must face the potential, and inevitable, realities of what a Nazi-occupied Norway will bring for their family. It’s important to note that this film is based on the true experiences of the Braude family, primarily …

JIFF 2021 Review – ‘Non Odiare (Thou Shalt Not Hate)’

Is it morally right to not help someone if they are a bad person? Director Mauro Mancini tries to answer this question, but limps around trying to find a satisfying answer. Simone Segre (Alessandro Gassmann) is a Jewish-Italian doctor with daddy issues who allows a hit and run victim to die after discovering he’s a …

Review – ‘The Vigil’

Set over the course of a single evening in Brooklyn’s Hassidic “Boro” Park neighborhood. Having lost his faith, Yakov (Dave Davis – Greyhound) isn’t eager to go back to the insular religious community he only recently fled. But when Reb Shulem (Menashe Lustig – Menashe), a rabbi and confidante, approaches Yakov after a support group …