Monday, October 07, 2013

Eyes Wide Open (Einaym Pkuhot)

Eyes Wide Open (2009) Poster
Israel 2009

Details IMDB

Seen 6 October 2013

Ratings from other sources
IMDB 7.1/10

My ratings 7.0/10
A married, Orthodox Jewish father of four falls in love with a twenty two year old male student.

My impressions:

How does one reconcile feelings and affection as well as loyalty to the family, and community. In this case, he is a man of God, devoted and pious until another man enters his life.

That event triggers emotions unknown previously or it might have been just latent waiting for the right person or moment. The realisation that he can feel for someone of his own gender puts him in a spot. He at first tries to discard and prevent those feelings from taking root. It was not meant to be.

The story of love between two men is juxtaposed against another story of a young couple's unapproved relationship. The treatment meted out by the community is justified in order to preserve the traditions and sanctity of future generations. The impure must be cast out.

That is the fate of those deemed sinners in the eyes of the others.

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