Recommendations from Deb Krivoy, Director of the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival
Click on the links below to watch the movie trailers.
A Bag of Marbles (2017), Directed by Christian Duguay (French, German, Russian, Yiddish, with English subtitles)—A family friendly adventure film based on the WWII autobiographical novel of the French Jewish author Joseph Joffo. Available to stream with a Hulu, SlingTV, or Showtime subscription.
The Zigzag Kid (2012), Directed by Vincent Bal (English)—An enchanting adventure film for all ages in which a young boy who dreams of being a detective goes on a wild journey with an international thief, discovering secrets that will change his life. Available to stream on Vimeo and with Amazon Prime membership.
Disturbing the Peace (2016), Directed by Andrew Young (English, Arabic, Hebrew, with English subtitles)—A powerful documentary that follows a group of former soldiers who fought on opposite sides in the Middle East who go on a transformational journey from enemy combatants to non-violent peace activists. Available to stream on YouTube and Vimeo and to rent on Amazon Prime (only $0.99 to rent).
Menashe (2017), Directed by Joshua Z. Weinstein (Yiddish, with English subtitles)—A recently widowed Hasidic Jewish man tries to regain custody of his young son. Available to stream with a Netflix subscription and to rent on Amazon Prime.
Fill the Void (2012), Directed by Rama Burshtein (Hebrew, with English subtitles)—An Israeli drama about an 18-year-old woman from the Haredi Jewish community in Tel Aviv who must choose between her heart and her family when she is pressured to marry her older sister’s husband after her sister dies in childbirth. Available to rent on Amazon Prime.
Dough (2015), Directed by John Goldschmidt (English)—A lighthearted, fun story about an old Jewish baker who sees his struggling business boom when his assistant accidentally drops marijuana into the dough. Available to stream on Tubi or with Amazon Prime membership.
The Women’s Balcony (2016), Directed by Emil Ben-Shimon (Hebrew, with English subtitles)—A heart-warming Israeli comedy about a group of women in a devout Orthodox community who come together to unite the community when a new rabbi arrives preaching rigid gender roles. Available to rent on Amazon Prime and iTunes.
And an enduring classic—
The Princess Bride (1987), Directed by Rob Reiner (English). A fairy-tale adventure about a beautiful young woman and her one true love. Available to stream with a Philo subscription and to rent on Amazon Prime.