Saturday, August 25, 2012

Ushpizin (2004)

Director: Giddi Dar. Cast: Shuli Rand, Michal Bat-Sheva Rand, Shaul Mizrahi. 90 min. Rated PG. Israel. Drama.

Similar to Fiddler on the Roof, you don't need to be religious to enjoy this movie. Actually, you might enjoy it even more if you're not religious. An Orthodox Jewish couple invite two escaped convicts as guests from hell into their home during a 7-day religious ceremony, and their anger management skills are tested to the extreme. If there was any role for religion in one's life ... this is it. But the question is: how efficient is religion in training such angels? Watch this with friends; you'll hear some amazingly honest group therapy thoughts.

PS: Thank you, Mohi, for the recommendation.

Mo says:


  1. But I guess religous people enjoy quite more than non religeous ones because the role of religeon was too strong and prominant.It was like an serious Ad for religeon but your words is amazing :"If there was any role for religion in one's life ... this is it".Do you seriuos believe in such thing ?
    If it's really true in real life I would rather be a strict religeous one , since anger management is a really tough task to do and gaining such skill absolutely worths going through so dramitic change in attitude & manner at all!
    Another good point was related to those guys as guests. Spoiler !:They were not as much as bad they looked at first . Throught the movie I was waiting some serious trouble or even a crime done by them to that family since they were fugetive and stranger but nothing special happened ,on the contrary they had a good luck for couple at last .I liked the concept

  2. That's exactly the question I'm asking: Religion has some good lessons for life (some of which are illustrated in this movie), but how efficient is religion in training people to follow those lessons? What is the difference between a society that learns ethical lessons through religion, and a society that learns them without the help of religion and merely through social evolution?

    And which learned lesson is more sustainable between the two societies?