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EYES WIDE OPEN
aka EINAYM PKUHOT
USA: New American Vision
UK: Peccadillo pictures
Cast: Zohar Shtrauss, Ran Danker, Tinkerbell Ravit Rozen, Tzahi Grad, Isaac Sharry, Avi Grayinik, Eva Zrihen-Attali
Director: Haim Tabakman
Countries: Israel / Germany / France
Language: Hebrew (English subtitles)
USA: 90 mins
UK: 96 mins
UK Certificate: 12A contains moderate sex
USA Release Date: 5 February 2010 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 14 May 2010 (Limited Release)
Aaron (Zohar Strauss), a respectable butcher in Jerusalem’s ultra-orthodox Jewish community, is married to Rivka (Tinkerbell Ravit Rozen) and is a dedicated father of four children. One day, he meets Ezri (Ran Danker), a handsome 22 year-old student, and begins to fall in love with him.
He then starts to neglect his family and community life, swept away by his love and lust for Ezri. Meanwhile, paralleling this relationship, a neighbouring shopkeeper persists in seeing a man of her own choosing, even though she's been promised by her father to another. Eventually, guilt, torment and pressure from the community will catch up with the forbidden affairs, leading them to make radical decisions...