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FOOTNOTE is the tale of a great rivalry between a father and son. Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are both eccentric professors, who have dedicated their lives to their work in Talmudic Studies. The father, Eliezer, is a stubborn purist who fears the establishment and has never been recognized for his work. Meanwhile 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?
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 85
- Fresh: 76
- Rotten: 9
- Average Rating: 7.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: This is brainy, bravura filmmaking of the highest level, a motion picture that is as difficult to pigeonhole as it is a pleasure to enjoy.
Fresh: Footnote requires little knowledge of Judaism and its texts. Rather, it's about the complications of love, guilt, and rage.
Fresh: Its energy and eccentricity assert themselves in funky graphics, imaginative camerawork and everyday moments of awkwardness and absurdity.
Fresh: The film was a nominee for this year's foreign-language Oscar, and Cedar has a real grasp of how to create conflict and generate tension.
One of the best movies I have seen in a long time
This one will really make you think. Jealousy, love, ambition, and the familiy dynamic.
It is set in the world of literary academia and the equivalent American film would probably only be produced as an independent film.
Thinking Person's Masterpiece
Saw this at Telluride and was blown away.
Constant twisting of the knife in this immediately identifiable but weirdly universal family kept me glued to the screen. Unrelenting and unbelievably good, Footnote earned its Academy Award nomination and would have won in any year it wasn't up against A Separation (also amazing).
If you dig Woody Allen at his best or an Almodovar drama, this masterpiece is for you.