An ultra-Orthodox Jew reunites with his twin brother for their father's funeral. | Mordechai

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  • Published on Jul 17, 2019
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    Writer-director Benjamin Bee -- along with producer Maria Caruana Galizia and production company Candle & Bell -- unfolds a touching and warmly funny fable about two estranged brothers from a traditional orthodox Jewish family forced to reunite when their father passes away.
    Daniel is an observant orthodox Jew who hasn't seen his identical twin Mordechai in years. The two have very different lives, especially ever since the more free-spirited Mordechai left the fold due to his "life choices."
    But when their father dies and the family holds a funeral for him in the part of England where they live, Daniel must pick up Mordechai from the airport, forcing them into a reunion of sorts. But when another unexpected death happens in the family, it gives Daniel an unexpected way to reconcile with his unconventional brother.
    This heartwarming, insightful dramedy captures the swirls and eddies of emotions that undergird familial dynamics. Even though Daniel has been apart from his family for years, the sharply observed dialogue and stately, elegant visual naturalism ably captures the long-simmering conflict between brothers, especially the way they banter and bicker with long-running familiarity.
    Actor Dan Mersh plays both brothers, and he remarkably occupies two different roles with diametrically opposed sensibilities. He plays Mordechai with a laidback, easygoing openness, while Daniel is more highly strung and conscientious, clearly concerned with how he and his actions will be perceived. Yet the brothers themselves may not be so different as first portrayed.
    The film begins to question whether the difference between the brothers is innate to their personalities, or the result of the family dynamic, which puts one brother in the box of duty and the other in a more rebellious role -- roles that reveal themselves to be straitjackets that cost the brothers their full self-expression and connection.
    In a narrative sleight-of-hand, the storytelling turns this central question on its head in a subtle way, with a misunderstanding that the living twin takes as an opportunity to make things right -- and become the person that he has always wanted to be.
    The twist in "Mordechai" is both subtle, funny and very telling, especially when it goes unnoticed by the family. Yet it's not constructed for shock or surprise, but rather for the character's emotional growth -- and therefore feels more grounded, organic and ultimately moving in the end. Through it, Daniel finds freedom, opportunity and a chance to go after his own happiness, all while learning just how much his brother loved him after all those years apart.
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Comments • 45

  • Bea Schlumpf
    Bea Schlumpf 10 days ago

    boy, that made me cry...

  • Conceptual Conspiracy
    Conceptual Conspiracy 16 days ago

    This is so anti-Semitic

    • Spreadin' Love
      Spreadin' Love 15 days ago

      why? because it makes them out to be closed minded?

  • CEKIRDEK
    CEKIRDEK 17 days ago

    Yo. That's a jew. Rare occurrence these days.

  • Y. Zweig
    Y. Zweig 2 months ago +2

    OMG, like OMG! Like what the bloody 🔥?!?!

  • Angelie de Castro
    Angelie de Castro 2 months ago

    I thought Jews bury their dead vertically? Or did they get that wrong? Or did I? 😅 Educate me. Todarava.

    • Moshe Delerb
      Moshe Delerb 13 days ago

      That's actually a great idea to save space!

    • Elazar Singer
      Elazar Singer 20 days ago +3

      @Angelie de Castro Jews do not bury their dead vertically.

    • Angelie de Castro
      Angelie de Castro Month ago

      @wrlord well because I lived there and that's how they do it. It's their tradition

    • wrlord
      wrlord Month ago +1

      what???? Do you think we have horns on our heads, too?

  • Doron Ron
    Doron Ron 3 months ago +1

    Going to have to watch that again.

  • SuperCHERISHED
    SuperCHERISHED 3 months ago +8

    Excellent film! Unconditional love was missing from many of the family members.

    • Scott Laux
      Scott Laux 16 days ago +1

      Not just uncondition love. Love period.

  • My Favorite Granddaughter
    My Favorite Granddaughter 3 months ago +2

    They seem to have attempted to be faithful to detail, so they should have shoveled the dirt into the (confusingly shallow?) grave with their shovels upside-down. That's the tradition.

    • omghtv
      omghtv 2 months ago +1

      Mark S so I just read about it a little bit :) I come from Israel so here it’s not very common to bury in a coffin unless the body itself is severely damaged. But, from what I’ve read, many countries around the world don’t allow this practice, plus it probably has something to do with cultural influence. So by the Judaism it is allowed to bury in a coffin, though preferred without because to the ground we return. If you bury in a coffin, the Judaism requests a simple one from wood or a degradable material. Some even poke holes in the bottom so there will be a direct connection with the earth. And that is about it :) The longest comment I’ve ever written about this subject for sure haha

    • Mark S
      Mark S 2 months ago

      ​@omghtv In England we bury the dead in a plane coffin. So this would be correct. I was also shocked to find this out.

    • omghtv
      omghtv 2 months ago

      @Danley L we simply wrap the body in a cloth of some kind and put it in the ground.

    • Danley L
      Danley L 2 months ago

      @omghtv so how do people bury the dead? just curious

    • omghtv
      omghtv 3 months ago +2

      Actually, in Judaism we don't bury in a coffin. the tradition says that to dirt we go back and that's why we don't use any barriers as well.

  • tourney
    tourney 3 months ago +1

    Актер один и тот же двух братьев играет?

  • Leigh Konop
    Leigh Konop 3 months ago +9

    O geez....the sticky note on the map ......got my right in the feels 😊😣😭

  • Sakshi Sharma
    Sakshi Sharma 3 months ago +22

    It was heart wrenching when Daniel opened Mordechai's luggage :'(

  • Yusef Endure
    Yusef Endure 3 months ago +6

    I am so grateful for this channel. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • Zachary Baker
    Zachary Baker 3 months ago +4

    This film is beautiful and amazing. Thank you for sharing, Omeleto.

  • tietjen666
    tietjen666 3 months ago +2

    Opportunity knocks! Well made film. Thank you!

  • Burkkuss
    Burkkuss 3 months ago +6

    Sorry, it doesn't make sense to me that Mordechai should die and be officially buried as Daniel, they may have been twins but what about the issue concerning identity, death certificate, passport, etc? And wouldn't a mother know her own sons? Other than that, a nice little film with a good message.

  • Mr Snowflake
    Mr Snowflake 3 months ago +4

    Bloody brilliant !!!

  • Ziotic
    Ziotic 3 months ago +4

    I’m so high right now I thought this film was in English 😂

  • Mr.lispy
    Mr.lispy 3 months ago +1

    Keep up the great work! love your films

  • blackhat2005
    blackhat2005 3 months ago +1

    Wtf? Do CPR

  • Brenda Sorrelles
    Brenda Sorrelles 3 months ago +6

    So much symbolism on so many levels. Beautiful. Perfect just as it is.

  • Panda Lok
    Panda Lok 3 months ago +2

    Wow i am early

  • Brutus Pequenus
    Brutus Pequenus 3 months ago +4

    Brilliant! ..איך האָבן צו רופן מיין ברודער

  • boys ansbacher
    boys ansbacher 3 months ago +2

    Another great short movie!

  • Ada Ode
    Ada Ode 3 months ago +9

    Thank you Omeleto for sharing all these wonderful short films!!

  • da truth
    da truth 3 months ago +3

    It can't just end like that what does Daniel's wife think?

    • Ariel Segal
      Ariel Segal 3 months ago +3

      Daniel's wife thinks he is dead.

  • M D Films
    M D Films 3 months ago +3

    Great

  • Joen Jungkook
    Joen Jungkook 3 months ago +3

    Best video

  • skyi nuri
    skyi nuri 3 months ago +10

    I like the end they put palestian dude there

  • Fiona Cahill
    Fiona Cahill 3 months ago +33

    Pity Mordechai had to die to wake up the strait laced brother. Great short, I'd love to see more of Daniel's travelling adventures to come as he follows Mordechais example.

  • SUBIL RAJ
    SUBIL RAJ 3 months ago +21

    12 min just gone like 1 min

  • Mann Rajput
    Mann Rajput 3 months ago +5

    Another great one

  • Albina ismaili
    Albina ismaili 3 months ago +4

    ❤️❤️❤️

  • WannaBe Girl
    WannaBe Girl 3 months ago +4

    YES I love these