The Chosen

The Chosen

DVD - 2003
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Two teenagers at the time of the Normandy invasion in 1944 are friends but they are divided by the same thing that unites them--their faith. Though both are devout Jews, there's a subtle difference. Danny is an Hasidic Jew, brought up to accept faith blindly by his father--an ultra-orthodox rabbi who rejects the 20th century for the special joys of centuries--old tradition. Reuven, on the other hand, has been brought up by his father who is a secular scholar, to question everything around him.

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NADINE KEELS
May 24, 2018

A film based on one of my all-time favorite books.

I like this story for the way it portrays how there are differences within groups, behind the broad labels. "I thought you people only studied Talmud." You people. One Jewish young man speaking to another.

I like this story for its reflection of fathers and sons. Of friendship. "It is not easy to be a friend." Especially when your friend is someone you don't understand.

What hit me as the most powerful scene in the book didn't need as severe a close-up as the film generously gives it. But it still has its own power onscreen, and I can otherwise forgive the moment's over-generosity for being a product of 1980s filmmaking.

A compelling coming of age story indeed.

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nelll
Oct 05, 2012

a very interesting movie - also the book is amazing

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