• Genre: Drama
  • Director: Joseph Cedar
  • Stars: Shlomo Bar-Aba, Lior Ashkenazi, Aliza Rosen
  • Rating: ****

Israel’s 2012 Foreign Language Oscar entry is an intriguing, nerve jangling and oppressively narrow story that would be funny if it weren’t so pathetic.

Israeli father and son academics are torn apart by a national prize; the elder doggedly pursued Talmudic theories for 30 years only to have them made redundant when a colleague scooped him.

In his obsessive, paranoid misery, he sees his son as his real rival. Things get a lot worse in grandly academic and hilariously lowbrow ways.

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