My Father My Lord | Chicago Reader

My Father My Lord

72 minutes 2007

Israeli writer-director David Volach makes an uncommonly polished debut with this drama inspired by the first episode of Krzysztof Kieslowski's The Decalogue. In Jerusalem, an ultraorthodox rabbi (Assi Dayan of Jellyfish) is venerated by his students, his wife (Sharon Hacohen Bar), and young son (Ilan Griff), but he's more dedicated to religion than to any of them. Much of the story is told from the perspective of the boy, a quiet, thoughtful child whose growing curiosity about the natural world carries the seeds of rebellion. Volach doesn't waste a word or action in his spare, finely crafted screenplay; a scene that illustrates the father's zealotry midway through the film also foreshadows the devastating climax. In Hebrew with subtitles.

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