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A woman in \WWII era dress stares out over a body of water

Renowned French-Jewish director Emmanuel Finkiel’s new film, A Memoir of War, is a haunting meditation on the pain of not knowing.

It’s 1944 in Nazi-occupied Paris. Marguerite Duras, a well-known novelist, is a member of the Resistance, as is her husband, Robert, who has been detained by the Nazis. His whereabouts are unknown.

After a chance encounter with a Nazi collaborator named Rabier (Benoit Magimel), she begins to meet with him in cafes and other public places in hopes of learning more about her husband’s fate. Other members of the Resistance caution her that Rabier...

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Scene from the film, Disobedience; main characters are lighting Shabbat candles

Sebastian Lelio’s new film, “Disobedience,” the follow-up to his Oscar-winning triumph, “A Fantastic Woman,” features an all-star cast and a similar concern for what he sees as the repercussions of forbidden romance in a repressive society.

In this case, the society is a small ultra-Orthodox Jewish enclave on the outskirts of London, and the lovers are Ronit (Rachel Weisz), a former member of the community who has returned to attend the funeral of her father, Rav Kruschka, and Etsi (Rachel McAdams), a closeted lesbian with whom Ronit shares a passionate history.

It is no...

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Black and white movie still of two Orthodox Jewish men in black hats and jackets

While a man shaves in his bedroom mirror, a radio report establishes the time period. The U.S. has just dropped the second of two atomic bombs on Japan, and the Allied powers have demanded Japanese surrender. The man shaving goes about his business, caught up in his own affairs. As he finishes, he nicks himself. The blood is an ill omen for the day ahead.

So begins 1945, Ferenc Torok’s latest film, set in rural Hungary during the immediate aftermath of the Holocaust.

Like its opening minutes, the black and white film, in Hungarian with English subtitles, is charged with...

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Young woman in a red velvet hat and a pink overcoat flings her arm above her head as though singing an expressive song in front of an old fashioned butcher shop

Every spring, Amazon releases the first episode or pilot of five TV series to gauge audience reaction and decide which warrant a full season pick-up. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, a funny and inspiring drama about an Upper West Side Jewish woman who learns she has a gift for stand-up comedy, received an overwhelmingly positive response from Amazon viewers and a two-season order.

Like AMC’s hit series Mad Men, Mrs. Maisel is set in Manhattan during the patriarchal late-’50s/early ’60s, but they have little else in common. Miriam Maisel is bubbly and indomitable when compared to Don...

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Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller character greet a young female character with a hug on a train platform as another woman looks on

When Netflix premiered writer director Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories at Cannes this past May, the film received a well-deserved four-minute standing ovation.

The Meyerowitzes are a clan of East Coast Jews held together by their conflicted relationships with paterfamilias Harold, a minor artist and retired professor of sculpture, played to perfection by Dustin Hoffman. Harold has two children from his first marriage, Danny and Jean, played by Adam Sandler and Elizabeth Marvel, and a third child from a second marriage, Matthew, played by Ben Stiller, who reunites with his...

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