(Mar. 20 & 23) — Something like Woody Allen meets neorealism in Borough Park, Brooklyn, "Menashe" follows its titular hapless protagonist through a host of existential, spiritual, and familial crises. In the wake of his wife’s recent death, Menashe must care for his ten-year-old son — despite the fact that he knows bupkis about parenting — at the same time that he finds himself straying from the rigid norms of his Hasidic community. His friends and family insist that he remarry as soon as possible, but since he can’t get over his deceased wife or make enough money to feed his son, an uncle attempts to intervene. Joshua Z Weinstein’s fiction feature debut is a poignant and funny parable about the tension between our best intentions and our efforts to make good on them.
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Mar. 20 at 9:00pm at Film Society Lincoln Center, 165 W. 65th St., Walter Reade Theater
Mar. 23 at 6:30pm at The Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St., Titus 2 Theater