Film Festival | 2015
Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 1 pm
Studio Movie Grill, Spring Valley Rd
13933 N. Central Expy Dallas, TX 75243
Narrative, drama, romance
Length: 62 minutes
Original Title: Haahayot Cahana
Director: Amichai Greenberg
"Can we leave past sins behind? Our sages say we can." These words by the headmaster of the yeshiva introduce this moving story of the relationship between a dedicated yeshiva student, Yochai, and terminally-ill 18-year-old Ayelet. When Ayelet is diagnosed with advanced bone cancer, she stubbornly refuses treatment. Her desperate father asks Yochai to become her spiritual mentor with the hope that he can persuade her to seek medical help. Ayelet is amused by what she perceives as Yochai's geekiness, but fascinated by his attempts to forge a deep relationship with God. Yochai, for his part, is mesmerized by Ayelet's beauty and grace, and totally overwhelmed by being in such close proximity to a woman for the first time in his life.
Finding himself deeply attracted to Ayelet, Yochai faces the most difficult decision of his life - whether to leave the yeshiva or abandon his new-found love. Based on the controversial novel by Yehoshua Greenberg, Vice Versa is brilliantly directed by his brother, Amichai, who also wrote the screenplay. The quiet scenes throughout the movie are pregnant with meaning, and the sparse dialogue manages to illuminate the deep emotions stirring beneath the surface. It is a credit to the director that he succeeds in tackling the moral dilemma at the heart of this love story with delicacy and deep respect. This film is ultimately a poem to the holy nature of love.
Community Partner: The Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas
TALK BACK following the screening of Vice Versa; Rabbi Adam Roffman of Congregation Shearith Israel will lead a discussion.