In 1996, at the height of his career, Israeli actor-writer Shuli Rand retired from movies to live as an ultraorthodox Jew; this feel-good comic fable (2004) marks his return to the screen. During the Jewish festival of Sukkot, a childless, newly observant couple fulfill the commandment of hospitality, but their visitors are ex-cons bringing unwelcome reminders of their host's troubled past and more excitement than the neighbors are used to. The ability of faith to reintegrate a damaged personality is one theme here, although the film doesn't strive for psychological realism; in its heartfelt embrace of religion as ethical path, it owes more to the bygone Yiddish drama than to psychodrama. Gidi Dar directed. In Hebrew with subtitles. PG-13, 90 min.
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