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NYJFF Review: Felix and Meira (Félix et Meira)

By Maria Esteves – February 1, 2015

The 24th New York Jewish Film Festival 2015 (NYJFF 2015) Closing Night New York Premiere of Felix and Meira (Félix et Meira), directed by Maxime Giroux was held at the Walter Reade Theater in Lincoln Center, Thursday, January 29th. Q&A session immediately followed with director Giroux and actor Luzer Twersky moderated by Jaron Gandelman, Curatorial Assistant for Media, Jewish Museum and Coordinator, New York Jewish Film Festival.

Felix and Meira is explosive yet liberating! Set in Montreal, Canada; Brooklyn, New York and Venice, Italy; the film journeys into the life of Shulem (Luzer Twersky) and Malka (Hadas Yaron), an ordinary Orthodox Jewish couple in a failing marriage within the Orthodox community. Félix (Martin Dubreuil), a man in search of spirituality whose elderly father passed away from Alzheimer’s encounters Malka at Tatys Kosher Pizza. Desperate for answers and making several unsuccessful attempts in getting them from Malka during her visits at Tatys Kosher Pizza, she decides to introduce herself to Felix as Meira and begins a secretive courtship that evolves into a sweet taboo!

Despite Shulem’s failing marriage, his faith does not waiver. As a man of God, he confronts his dark night of the soul in humility, ultimately freeing his wife’s inner most being from death to life!

Felix and Meira (Félix et Meira), directed Maxime Giroux | Metafilms | Canada | 2014 | Drama | 105 min | French, English and Yiddish with English subtitles, 2015 Closing Night New York Premiere: 24th New York Jewish Film Festival. In Theaters Spring 2015 View Trailer

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