The end-of-year movie rush is on, and it’s rich in films of Jewish interest, including the Coen Brothers’ latest, True Grit. Tablet Magazine offers its top 10.
Darren Aronofsky is well known for working with overtly Jewish themes—his breakout film, Pi, was about a math genius pursued by Hasidic devotees of numerology, and his 2000 Reqiuem for a Dream focused on a Jewish widow trying to make sense of her days in Brighton Beach. As I wrote earlier this month, Black Swan includes no obvious Jewish characters or references, but its four lead actresses are all Jewish, and the film, intentionally or not, offers an incisive portrayal of the relentless push-pull of mother-daughter relationships—which, by virtue of the Upper West Side milieu the movie’s characters inhabit, feels Jewish but could in another time and place just as easily be Irish, Italian, or Greek.
In the poems of Silver Roses, the late Rachel Wetzsteon—who took her own life last year—is still very much alive