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7.5
/10
126 Ratings

Tikkun

Directed by Avishai Sivan
Israel, 2015
Drama
  • Hebrew
  • English

Synopsis

Haim-Aaron is an ultra-Orthodox religious scholar from Jerusalem whose talent and devotion are envied by all. One evening, following a self-imposed fast, he collapses and loses consciousness.

Our take

Written in high contrast, impressionistic images, Avishai Sivan’s sophomore film Tikkun is a rare immersion into an Israeli Orthodox Jewish community. One young man’s near-death experience sets him on a path of discovery in this darkly dreamlike intimation of a crisis of faith and sexuality.

Tikkun Directed by Avishai Sivan

Awards & Festivals

Locarno International Film Festival

2015 | 2 wins including: Special Jury Prize

2015 | Special Mention: Cinematography

Transilvania International Film Festival

2016 | Winner: Best Direction

Sivan’s approach is both lyrical and tragic, an indictment of rigid Orthodoxy but a compassionate acknowledgment of the struggle of those who live within it… As seems his wont, Sivan holds a number of surprises on the path toward that end, including Haim’s encounter on the road with a young woman, which is nothing less than heartbreaking—too moving and unsettling to give it away beforehand.
June 09, 2016
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In Jewish tradition, people are made in god’s image. In Tikkun, bodies are fearsome, straining on toilets or bleeding on the ground, hands clenched too tight. The movie, slow as life, is curious about how people live through a horror of themselves, the way their bodies betray them and they betray god. Shot like a photo album, gorgeous frame after gorgeous frame, it continually suggests that crisis and struggle can be beautiful when viewed from the right angle.
June 07, 2016
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Like Charles Burnett’s Killer of Sheep, a neorealist account of life in a Los Angeles ghetto, Tikkun feels like an ethnographic film shot by someone from the community it documents, managing simultaneously to keep a critical distance from the material while maintaining a certain credulity and wonder toward the proceedings.
March 13, 2016
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