One man's mission to follow his dream is comically halted in its tracks at the request of his dear, but difficult, aged Jewish mother who is hell-bent on seeing her warring dysfunctional grown up grandchildren together one last time before she dies.
An up-tight lawyer, Lenny Rubin, (Timothy Spall), has to put his dream retirement on hold when his ailing mother (Honor Blackman) emotionally blackmails him into reuniting his estranged children for a Jewish holiday. They may be peas from the same pod, but in Lenny's eyes, his grown-up children are certainly not even from the same planet: a ruthless control-freak and hard-nosed capitalist, an outspoken, argumentative eco-warrior committed to the cause, an outer-worldly Buddhist Monk; and to cap it all, a bible bashing born-again Rabbi. While they might quarrel, fight, and perhaps even be starting a war in Africa, they are still family. It is going to take a whole lot of soul-searching and sacrifice for everyone to come together in this comic drama.Written by
monterey media inc.
Great film, great cast, lovely story, loved it. I watched this film as a lapsed catholic (not that that has any bearings on it) and knowing very little about the Jewish world. I found the film pretty funny, one or two places it pushed into Jewish themes which I didn't really get but that didn't matter as was laughing all the way through. Cast were stellar and there is one line written by Yoav Factor that will make your heart melt delivered by James Callis. I can imagine that this director has been through some journey to ge this to screen. Overall a sterling effort on what was a pretty small budget. A worthy British film that should catch on with it's global family themes.
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