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Footnote [Blu-ray] (2012)

Shlomo Bar-Aba , Lior Ashkenazi , Joseph Cedar  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Shlomo Bar-Aba, Lior Ashkenazi
  • Directors: Joseph Cedar
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Hebrew
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Portuguese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00772HQX8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,210 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Footnote [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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FOOTNOTE is the tale of a great rivalry between a father and son, two eccentric professors, who both dedicated their lives to work in Talmudic Studies. The father, Eliezer, is a stubborn purist who fears the establishment and has never been recognized for his work. His son, Uriel, is an up-and-coming star in the field, who appears to feed on accolades, endlessly seeking recognition.Then one day, the tables turn. When Eliezer learns that he is to be awarded the Israel Prize, the most valuable honor for scholarship in the country, his vanity and desperate need for validation are exposed. His son, Uriel, is thrilled to see his father's achievements finally recognized but, in a darkly funny twist, is forced to choose between the advancement of his own career and his father's. Will he sabotage his father's glory?

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars outstanding Israeli character study and family drama April 14, 2012
"Footnote" (107 min.) is a 2011 movie out of Israel. It brings the rather complicated but intruiging story of a father and son who both are scholars and researchers at the Talmud Department of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. As it happens, the son is actually more successful and the movie starts out with the son's acceptance speech upon getting elected into the Israeli Academy of Science and Humanities. Remarkably, we don't actually see the son but instead the camera focuses the entire sequence (probably 3-4 min.) only on the father, who seemingly is shell-shocked and/or confused and/or resentful at the ever-growing successes of his son. Then, about 30 min. into the movie, the father gets the call from the Israeli Department of Education that he'd been waiting to get for 20 years: he's been chosen to receive the prestigious Israeli Prize. Happiness turns to potential disaster when the son gets called by the Israeli Prize Committee the very next day with the bombshell that due to a clerical error, it was he who had been chosen for the Israeli Prize, not his dad!

I don't want to spoil more from the plot, and the movie then really takes off and you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out. The movie offers an excellent character sturdy of both father and son, looking at it from both a generational perspective as well as a scholary difference in how each is doing research.

This movie was one of the 5 nominees for this year's Oscar for Best Foreign Movie (Iran's "A Separation" won the Oscar), and rightfully so. This is the complete antitode to Hollywood's mainstream fare such as "John Carter" or "Wrath of the Titans" in that it is an intellectually challenging movie.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very fine film - only flaw is an unsatisfying ending April 29, 2012
This bittersweet comedy from Israeli is set in the rarefied world of academia and is a fine, interesting movie about the bitter relationship between a father and a son who both happen to be Talmudic scholars working at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and how their rivalry finally overcomes their filial obligations.

Eliezer Shkolnik (a terrific performance by Shlomo Bar Aba) is the father, and he seems a personification of male old age grumpiness. He looks at the at the rest of his colleagues with an insufferable air of intellectual superiority, and believes he hasn't been recognized to the extent that he deserves, yet the movie hints he is a bit of a fraud himself, his main claim to academic fame is having been thanked in a footnote in a book by a famous Talmudic authority. The more successful Uriel (Lior Ashkenazi, who usually plays young macho men, but here plays a middle aged academic against type), is the son. The film lampoons him for being a lightweight scholar and for being too attracted to the media spotlight, yet he seems to be the more psychologically rounded of the two. The tense relationship between father and son finally comes to a bitter confrontation when the elder Shkolnik is mistakenly awarded an important academic prize that was meant for the son (I'm not going to reveal anything else about the plot).

I'm also obviously not going to reveal the ending but it seems underwhelming and unrealized, as if the director Joseph Cedar didn't knew how to end the movie. Thus, what was a fine film until then ends in a curiously unsatisfying way. Nevertheless, this is a fine movie with many great scenes. I especially liked two scenes: one is set in a small but packed conference room and ends when one academic shoves another to the wall. In the second scene, a very pretty female journalist goes to the home of the elder Shkolnik to interview him and manages to get him to say very nasty things about his son.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Role Reversal and Time Lapse August 4, 2012
FOOTNOTE is an appropriately titled sparklingly intelligent and entertaining film written and directed by Joseph Cedar. With a small cast and a focused story this little film form Israel is not only a pleasure to watch as a story performed as shared by brilliant actors, but it is also one of the most visually artistic and creative venture of cinematography to be on the small screen in a long time: the genius cinematographer is Yaron Scharf. Add to this a musical score that enhances every moment of the story - courtesy of composer Amit Poznansky - and the film simply succeeds on every level.

In a most ingenious way we are introduced to the two main characters - father and son, both professors in the Talmud department of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The film opens on the confused and somewhat unattached facial expression of the seated father Eliezer Shkolnik (Shlomo Bar Aba) as he listens to his ebullient son Uriel Shkolnik (Lior Ashkenazi) being inducted into the prestigious Israeli academic union. Uriel's acceptance speech reflects his childhood when his father informed him upon questioning that he was a `teacher' - an occupation the young Uriel found embarrassing at the time, but now honors his father for this guidance. After the ceremony we slowly discover that there is a long-standing rivalry between father and son. Uriel has an addictive dependency on the embrace and accolades that the establishment provides, while Eliezer is a stubborn purist with a fear and profound revulsion for what the establishment stands for, yet beneath his contempt lies a desperate thirst for some kind of recognition: his only clam to fame after long years of intensive research is that the man who published his findings mentions Eliezer in a footnote.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
well worth seeing.
Published 1 month ago by DJK
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended
One of the best Israeli films I've seen in years; in fact, one of the best films I've seen - foreign or domestic. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Adah
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great, amazing movie.
Published 3 months ago by Mort Kahan
3.0 out of 5 stars you will repeat that horrible pattern in your own relationships with...
Footnote is about the relationship between an emotionally damaging dad and his adult child. Both are professors. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ruth Rusk
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad ...
... but the main character is such a shriveled shrew of a man that it's hard to care about him. They could have redeemed him with an ending, any ending, but they botched it, as in... Read more
Published 7 months ago by vta
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I had to watch this movie for class and I am glad that we were required to. Movie is smart and witty. Loved it!
Published 7 months ago by Janet Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars Very intelligent movie.
Thought provoking and well acted. Led to lots of family discussion. We appreciated that it was sometimes ambiguous and unpredictable.
Published 8 months ago by Jonathan Lockman
2.0 out of 5 stars depressing
Although there were some excellent ethical discussions, I found it boring and depressing. I was expecting some humor but instead felt the whole family needed anti-depressants
Published 8 months ago by BobM
5.0 out of 5 stars Drama at it's best
This movie really had me sitting on the edge of my chair.

The full range of circumstances between the father, son and wife was extraordinary. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Rick Hyman
4.0 out of 5 stars A Hollow Victory
This film explores every angle of the ruthless cutthroat competition that can exist between professors in a similar academic field. Read more
Published 12 months ago by mr. contrarian
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