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Footnote is the tale of a great rivalry between a father and son, two eccentric professors, who have dedicated their lives to work in Talmudic Studies. The father, Eliezer, is a stubborn purist who distrusts 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 seek accolades and 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.
Shlomo Bar-Aba, Lior Ashkenazi
Director: Joseph Cedar
Funny and smart, Footnote is a feat of intellectual and cinematic elegance.
Lisa Schwartzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
A droll, deadpan satire of the professional contempt and personal rancor that breeds in any narrow field.
Rafer Guzman, Newsday
Footnote is a film about the nature of truth, about sacrifice, hubris, hypocrisy. It's nothing short of brilliant.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
It speaks to anyone who's been on either end of a grudge or family antagonism. And it saves its best for those who have witnessed clusters of the best and brightest descend to the level of grade school kids on the playground.
Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
Its energy and eccentricity assert themselves in funky graphics, imaginative camerawork and everyday moments of awkwardness and absurdity.
Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle
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.
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
[I]t's one of the smartest and most merciless comedies to come along in a while.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times
A film this intimate must be finely tuned, and Cedar's screenplay is acutely observant about academia, familial dynamics and life in contemporary Jerusalem.
Elizabeth Weltzman, New York Daily News
The film pulls off an impressive balancing act: It's bitter though not cruel, satirical without veering toward obviousness, deeply moving but never maudlin.
Jon Frosch, The Atlantic