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The Kiddush Man (2008)

The Kiddush Man

The Kiddush Man is a touching Coming-of-Age short film set in Jerusalem, Israel. Its surprisingly simple story focuses on the experiences of Yoni  - a young Jewish boy – who tries to sneak into the "Kiddush" buffet at Shabbat before anyone else. His mischievous behavior usually gets him in trouble with Mr. Katz -- an older religious man --  until one day his fear is replaced with compassion...

The film brilliantly demonstrates the importance of the musical score as it features a tender musical accompaniment composed by Greg Pliska that makes the viewer relate to the story on a subconscious level despite the lack of dialogue.  Raum-Aron's performance in role of Yoni feels genuine, which contributes greatly to the emotional closing scene of movie. The Kiddush Man radiates calmness and tenderness – thanks to the skillful directing of Yitz Brilliant. While the movie features motifs from the Jewish culture, one doesn't have to be Jewish to understand its message.

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