Thursday, November 5, 2015

Jason goes to Jewfest South for FÉLIX AND MEIRA

This film featured the most chaste love affair ever (at least what they show on screen, it's never exactly clear if the cheating lovers actually...cheat.) Anyway, Félix and Meira live blocks away in Montreal but also worlds apart. Félix is a secular, charming guy who is mourning his father's death. Meira is a devoted orthodox Jewish wife, she just doesn't want to have any more children. And her marriage is basically dead--she simply doesn't love her husband anymore. And one day Félix...talks to Meira in a bakery. And they start a very innocent friendship. It's not about sex, it's about companionship of lonely people. Even if they're just talking, or sharing drawings, or playing ping pong, or dancing to Cuban music, or trying on blue jeans. Of course, this is enough to send shockwaves through the Hasidic community and incite her husband's jealous rage. A very subtle, remarkably poignant story.

Running Time: 105 minutes
My Total Minutes: 408,142

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