Movies and TV: Footnote

FootnoteFather-son relationships will never not be complicated. Add a measure of professional rivalry, and the drama is bound to entertain. Dr. Eliezer Shkolnik is a purist in Talmudic scholarship, one who for years has been largely unrecognized by his peers. His son, Dr. Uriel Shkolnik, enjoys popularity as a similarly dedicated but more personable academic. Uriel is selected to be the winner of the Israel Prize, a prestigious national honor, but the Prime Minister calls Eliezer by mistake, creating a tangle in which there is no clear way to correct the error without sacrificing one or the other. Footnote, a nominee for Best Foreign Language Film of the 2012 Academy Awards, features bittersweet humor, restrained camerawork, and exceptional understated performances.