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|Steve Arons||Uncle Chaim|
|Avi Schwartz||Director, Producer, Screenwriter|
|Abraham Meyer||Executive Producer|
|Dominic Pesce||Score Composer|
|Joel Waxler||Executive Producer, Original Story, Producer, Screenwriter|
Posted October 1, 2010
Uncle Chaim is one of those rare films that brings tears to your eyes - not from the pain of watching a poorly made low budget film, but instead the joy of watching a beautiful story well told. Indeed, it has the rare distinction of showcasing not one but three scenes that can be described as brilliant. This is a story of two brothers from an Ultra Orthodox community. The younger one Abie, healthy and normal, struggling to maintain the illusion of a traditional family the older, Chaim, mentally challenged - shunned, and shut away in an institution by his embarrassed family, even kept secret from Abie's young son. Trouble begins when Chaim pleads with his brother to come home for a special gathering. Will Abie continue to ostracize his brother out of shame? Only through a series of startling events would Abie realize that his differently-abled brother's love, charity - even piety - are greater than his own. From writer and director, Mr. Schwartz we follow the journey of a man with the soul of a prophet and the mind of a child. If the other characters in this carefully crafted world were to share this vision of the title character the film would be another feel good story of the "retard made good." Mr. Schwartz subtle direction displays emotional intelligence that in the hands of another may have degenerated into the realm of camp. Instead, our stomach churns along with the characters shame as Uncle Chaim alternatively retreats from, and lashes out at, a world he wants to be part of but fails to connect with - other than with an autistic child doomed to share his fate. It is never pleasant to see ourselves in characters treating their own family like an outcast but Schwartz takes this sentiment to a conclusion that we too can be forgiven our weaknesses for hating others for theirs. It is a sentiment that I now share with the talented Mr. Schwartz. This writer is a big fan of Uncle Chaim and would go swimming with him anytime (the last reference you have to see the film to understand, go see it!) It is a great film."Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.