Eyes Wide Open

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Overview

A man who acknowledges a side of himself he's kept hidden for decades must decide between love, loyalty, and faith in this drama from filmmaker Haim Tabakman set in Jerusalem. Aaron Zohar Strauss is an orthodox Jew in his mid-thirties who helps run a kosher butcher shop opened by his father. Aaron is married to Rivka Ravit "Tinkerbell" Rozen and they have four sons, but he often feels something is missing from his life. One day, a 19-year-old yeshiva student, Ezri Ran Danker, stops by the shop; when Aaron learns ...
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Overview

A man who acknowledges a side of himself he's kept hidden for decades must decide between love, loyalty, and faith in this drama from filmmaker Haim Tabakman set in Jerusalem. Aaron Zohar Strauss is an orthodox Jew in his mid-thirties who helps run a kosher butcher shop opened by his father. Aaron is married to Rivka Ravit "Tinkerbell" Rozen and they have four sons, but he often feels something is missing from his life. One day, a 19-year-old yeshiva student, Ezri Ran Danker, stops by the shop; when Aaron learns Ezri is homeless, he offers to make the youngster his apprentice and gives him a room. Aaron and Ezri strike up a fast friendship, but in time their feelings become deeper, and during a communal bath they act on the desires that have been growing between them. Aaron finds himself torn between his loyalty to his family and his growing love for Ezri, and his dilemma becomes even more pointed when Rabbi Vaisben Tzahi Grad asks him to join him in his "Purity Police" group, who pay threatening visits to people in the community who are falling short in the eyes of the congregation. Einaym Pkuhot aka Eyes Wide Open was an official selection at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, where it was screened as part of the "Un Certain Regard" program.
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Special Features

Interview with director Haim Tabakman
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/2010
  • UPC: 720229914413
  • Original Release: 2009
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  • Source: First Run Features
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 18,427

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ran Danker Ezri
Tzahi Grad Rabbi Vaisben
Ravit "Tinkerbell" Rozen Rivka
Zohar Strauss Aaron
Technical Credits
Haim Tabakman Director
Isabelle Attal Producer
Yael Aviv Casting
David C. Barrot Producer
Yam Brodsilovski Costumes/Costume Designer
Yam Brusilovsky Costumes/Costume Designer
Nana Chiabaut Makeup
Merav Doster Original Story, Screenwriter
Michael Eckelt Producer
Avi Fahima Art Director
Merav Horovitz Makeup
Rafael Katz Producer
Nathaniel Mechaly Score Composer
Axel Schneppat Cinematographer
Dov Steuer Editor
Gil Toren Sound/Sound Designer
Claudia Tronner Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Eyes Wide Open
1. Opening Up [:38]
2. Looking For Work [14:37]
3. The Spring [12:30]
4. God Created Lust [13:28]
5. Busy at the Shop [10:56]
6. Rumors [10:18]
7. A Good Sign [12:05]
8. Forbidden Food [17:53]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Eyes Wide Open
   Play Feature
   First Run Features
   Chapters
   Interview With Director Haim Habakman
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  • Posted December 1, 2010

    A Perspective Rarely Seen

    The story of a married man falling in love with another man and the conflicts involved has been told many times before. Sometimes well, sometimes very badly, usually in a mediocre way. This is extremely well done, but with Orthodox Jewish perspective it is fascinating. It will seem slow to some, but it plays as real life. Insightful performances all around. Well worth a look.

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