“Immerses us in an authentic environment of ultra-Orthodox Judaism and makes it relatable by weaving a sweet story of a single father struggling to hold on to the son he loves.”
Deep in the heart of Brooklyn’s ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jewish community, widower Menashe, a kind, hapless grocery store clerk, struggles to make ends meet and take care of his young son, Rieven, following his wife Leah’s death. Hasidic tradition prohibits Menashe from raising his son in a one-parent home, so Rieven’s strict uncle adopts him, leaving Menashe heartbroken. Meanwhile, though Menashe seems to bungle every challenge in his path, his rabbi grants him one special week with Rieven before Leah’s memorial. It’s Menashe’s last chance to prove himself a man of faith and fatherhood and restore respect among those who doubt his suitability as a parent. In Yiddish with English subtitles.