• Ushpizin (2004)


Release Date: 2004

DVD Release Date: April 4th, 2006

PG |1 hr 31 min

Plot Summary

Moshe (Shuli Rand) and Malli (Michal Bat-Sheva Rand), an Orthodox Jewish couple in Jerusalem, are childless and without means to celebrate the weeklong holiday of Succoth. After much prayer, they receive unexpected money, and Moshe is told about an abandoned shack where he and Malli can properly deprive themselves and receive guests. However, they are visited by two ex-convicts with an unexpected link to Moshe's past, and the celebration becomes a series of emotional trials.

Cast: Shuli Rand, Michal Bat-Sheva Rand, Shaul Mizrahi, Ilan Ganani, Rabbi Daniel Dayan

Director: Giddi Dar

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Gilgamesh Productions

Keywords: Husband , Quest , 2000s , Wife , Heartwarming , Rise , Mystery , Gritty

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Sheri LindenThe Hollywood Reporter

    In the charming comedy-parable Ushpizin, religious orthodoxy inspires not unbending dogma but humble, sometimes baffled spiritual striving by its embraceable, flawed characters. show more

  • 75
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    The new Israeli movie Ushpizin, a film about man's clumsiness and God's grace, is a touching and amusing tale that expands our horizon and also should open our hearts. show more

  • 88
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Does what the best movies can do: take viewers to what might be unfamiliar places, into a culture with unique customs and traditions, and show, through drama and comedy, how the fundamental truths of the human experience need no translation. show more

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