SHOELACES – Austin Jewish Film Festival


Thursday, November 1, 2018 7:30 PM

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Regal Arbor Cinema 8
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“A story of a special needs adult and the budding relationship between the father who abandoned him as a child.”

Running: 98 min.
Director: Jacob Goldwasser
Genre: Drama
Language: Hebrew (with subtitles)
Country: Israel
Year: 2017
Ratings: X – Contains Mature Language
▲ – Contains Mature Themes
“Shoelaces” traces the story of a complicated relationship between an aging father and his special-needs son, whom he abandoned while he was still a young boy. Reuben’s kidneys are failing, and his son Gadi wants to donate one of his own kidneys to help save his father’s life. However, the transplant committee objects to the procedure, claiming that Rueben, acting as Gadi’s sole legal guardian, does not have the right to authorize such an invasive procedure. Gadi, who recently lost his mother, is afraid of losing his father as well. He feels he finally has the chance to do something meaningful; to become a man and stand on his own. He’s furious with the committee’s decision and sets out to fight for his right to save his father’s life. Through the film’s portrayal of a relationship full of love, rejection, and co-dependency, “Laces” ponders the importance of human life and human connection.
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