Fathers and Sons, Truth and Honesty

Movies: ‘Footnote’

After reading the words “The most difficult day in the life of Professor Shkolnik” on screen, we focus on a frozen-faced older man while a voice-over intones his impressive professorial credits: books, papers, international awards, peer respect.

Gradually — be patient — we learn that we are looking at Eliezer Shkolnik, a Talmudic scholar, who is gloomy because it is his son, Uriel, who is being extolled and inducted into the Israeli National Academy of Science, an honor long denied the father.

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