You see a lemon. They see a miracle.
I really can't believe I haven't mentioned this movie here before. It became an instant favorite as soon as we watched it.
Above all, the story is that of Moshe and Mali as we watch their relationship tested. Their chemistry and love is undeniable and forms the backbone of the story. Each wants the best for their marriage and each other and yet, as is always the case, life and especially the upcoming holiday throws unexpected challenges their way.
This is a tale of love and living your faith to the fullest which is, of course, why it resonates with me. The fact that this is managed in a light, humorous piece about such a foreign culture just goes to show the artistry that went into this film.
What's helpful to know before you watch:
- Succoth is a 7-day Jewish festival when meals are eaten in a sukkah, a temporary booth of both deprivation and hospitality. Men also sleep there. It is considered a blessing to have guests at that time.
- Moshe's orthodox Braslov Hasidism particularly emphasizes personal and emotional connection to God.
- The four species are four plants mentioned in Torah in connection with succoth, one of which is the etrog (citron fruit).
- Low level criminals in Israel can get out for a while on leave, evidently being on the honor system for showing back up again.
Scott and I also discussed it at A Good Story is Hard to Find, where Leah's comments on the blog gives some excellent clarification on questions of the faith and attitudes in the film.