Joshua Z Weinstein
Menashe immerses us in an authentic environment of ultra-Orthodox Judaism and makes it relatable by weaving a sweet story of a single father struggling to hold on to the son he loves. The film is performed entirely in Yiddish.
Menashe follows a kind, hapless, grocery store clerk as he struggles to make ends meet and responsibly parent his young son, Rieven. But in the wake of his wife Leah’s death, tradition prohibits Menashe from raising his son without a mother. Pressure is building in the community for him either to remarry or to place his preteen son with a strict uncle, leaving Menashe heartbroken.
The film intimately explores the nature of faith and the price of parenthood.