|Eyes Wide Open
A film by Haim Tabakman
90 minutes, color, Hebrew w/ English subtitles, 2009
Aaron, a butcher and devout family man in Jerusalemís ultraorthodox Jewish community, has his quiet existence interrupted one day when Erzi, a handsome, young Yeshiva student, happens on his shop. Intrigued by the young man, Aaron offers Erzi a job and over time becomes his friend and mentor.
The two men, working side by side, grow closer, and soon other feelings surface. As their forbidden desire for each other grows, Aaron begins to neglect his business and his family. But guilt, torment and pressure from the community lead him to make a radical decision.
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2009 Cannes Film Festival Ė Un Certain Regard
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"Critic's Pick! With respect and compassion, Eyes Wide Open explores the conflict between sexual desire and religious obligation...illuminating a cosmos of intense and hidden feeling." - The New York Times
" Brilliant, searing. A gripping tale of a man fighting with himself, his community and his religion." - Time Out London
"Critic's Pick! A haunting tale of a doomed Orthodox Jewish gay couple." - New York Magazine
"Taboo-busting! Call it Brokeback Talmud." - Time Out New York
" A must-see! Potent, subtle and sensitive. Beautifully shot and edited, with an honesty and complexity we rarely see on screen." - Shadows on the Wall (UK)
"Fascinates! An evocative, powerful, coming-out-in-religion story." -Box Office Magazine
" Raw, sensual and seductive" - Little White Lies (UK)