Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Secrets (Ha-Sodot) (2007)

Director: Avi Nesher. Cast: Ania Bukstein, Michal Shtamler, Fanny Ardant. 127 min. Rated R. Israel/France. Drama.

Elaborating upon two different approaches to a strict Jewish (or any religious) belief system: emotional blind "faith", which may initially appear as erratic behavior but eventually leads to passionate respect for mankind; and well-researched "logic", which actually becomes a tool to justify the illogical aspects of religion. The first approach wins the heart, and the second dies in utter loneliness. For the Muslim version of the same concept, 2005's Paradise Now is a convincing (and somewhat frightening) parallel to this movie.

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