Eyes Wide Open

Synopsis: Aaron (Zohar Shtrauss), a respected butcher and a family man in an Ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Jerusalem, leads a conservative life of community devotion and spiritual dedication. Aaron's life undergoes a series of emotional changes following the arrival of a young apprentice (Ran Danker) to his shop. Consumed with lust, the handsome "Yeshiva" student irreversibly transforms the intricate beliefs in the once-devoted butcher's life - leading Aaron to question his relationships with his wife Rivka (Tinkerbell), children, community, and God.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Haim Tabakman
Production: Regent Releasing
  3 wins & 9 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
91 min

Notice of the passing of

Menachem Fleischman

Butchershop Fleischman

Employee wanted

Can I use the telephone?

I'm currently in Jerusalem.

You don't answer.

I'll call back later.

Everything okay?

Young man!


You're not from around here.

I'm attending a Talmud School.

That's good. Which school?

''The Wisdom of Menachem''.

Are you sure? I thought

that school doesn't exist anymore.

I'm looking for a school.

You're looking...

You can wait here for as long

as it rains.


Blessed art Thou the Eternal,

Lord of the Universe...

YOu're looking for an employee?


I'm looking for work.

Have you ever worked

at a butcher's before?


I've applied for studies

at a Talmud school.

Quite so. Here it's different.

I know.

You have a place to sleep?

I can find lodgings with a friend.

The friend who isn't answering?

He'll answer.

Go back to your place.

This place is nothing for you.

I'll manage.

Coming back is not so easy.

What are you doing?

Leave it!

I came for you.

I have nowhere else to go.

Talk to me!

I don't believe you.

And He, the Eternal Halleluja.

Hallowed and blessed be His name.

... that His Kingdom may be witnessed

in our days

and alive in the House of Israel

in a time soon to come

and say:

You're still looking for work?

Have you eaten? Are you hungry?

Shall we go study this even?

My father, may he rest in peace,

rested here.

Let's go dwonstairs,

there is work to do.

And you?

A young man must study

and pray.

Rest and idleness bring boredom.

And boredom...

Idleness brings folly.

You can sleep here

till you find a school.

I will have all I need to study

Through here.


Good evening.


Take these books and

bring them in order.

Good evening.

- Hand me the kashered ones.

- What?

The kashered chickens.

Answer me!

What happened?

Nothing. Sorry.

Leave it.

What is this?

Leave it, it's not...

You can look.

Was it you who drew them?

- They're just scrawls.

- Scrawls.

You had drawing lessons??

In a way. I taught myself.

I can draw you, if you like.

I'll go out a bit.

Where are you going?

Can I?


- How are you?

- Fine.

- You're well??

- Very well.

- That will make a place to stay.

- Yes.

- If you like it...

- Don't do this here.

What does the Talmus say

on ''he who attones''?

He who has sinned against the soul

attones through a sacrifice.

A man who fasts is called a sinner.

A righteous man who imposes

a fast upon himself

and bereaves himself of wine.

Must one call him a sinner?

Must one make a sacrifice?


What is the literal meaning?

God doesn't want men

to inflict pain upon themselves.

He wants him to enjoy life.

Moreover, why has He

created the world?

To do good.

For us to do good.

Rabbi, that doesn't...

that doesn't satisfy me.

The ascetic must make a sacrifice

because he has refused to lighten the challenge.

To be a servant of G-d

is a daily struggle.

One must love the hardships

love to overcome them.

To serve G-d, implies that.

To love the hardships.

Thank you.

Where are you going?

To take a ritual bath,

outside the town.

You're not coming to dinner

on Shabbos?

Would you like me to come?


So come to the spring.

I can't.

I promised Rivka to help.

For how many years

haven't you left Jerusalem?


Come on, immerse yourself.

Is the water fine??


The water is fine.

Papa has arrived!

Papa, what's wrong?

Jacob, bring the glasses.

Like a foretaste of Paradise

The Shabbat is meant for rest

All those who enjoy it

reap benefits of great joy

The hardships before the coming

of the Saviour liberates us

Our deliverance shall come,

sadness and pain will disappear

Have you seen me?

Yes, I've seen.

Where have you studied?

At ''Or Vachesed'' in Safed.

See there...

It's delicious.

Give me a little piece.

Aaron eats to little meat...

- A little piece.

- Eat what you like.

It's too much.

Take a little.

I haven't eaten like that and that's all.

Jacob, eat.

Take a larger piece.

If you don't, you won't grow.

Mama, I don't like that.

All your mother's dishes

are delicious.

Charming family.


What are you doing in Jerusalem?

I study and I econmise.

Where do you live?

In the butchershop.

In the spare room?

It's temporary.

Have you any family here?


Marriage plans?

For the time being, I study.

It will happen, G-d willing.

If you need anything,

don't hesitate.

CUt it into small pieces.

- This?

- Yes.

Into little pieces.

Never cross the arms.

Cut against the slab.

With strength, like this.

Why are you smiling?

Have you ever seen a butcher smiling?

The knife is your tool.

Respect it.

This piece also has to be ground.

I'll do it.

No, you can't do it alone.

I'll help you.

Hold it tight.

Good day to you.

Good day to you!

Good day.

They are waiting for us, Aaron.

They are waiting for us...

All this for me?

This, it's for you.

Ah, my meat.

Go by yourself. I'm busy.

I don't drive.

I'm busy.

Cette soupe populaire

est au bout du monde.

It's alright, Aaron.

Go along. I'll finish by myself.

You don't want to put on a bandaid?

- He's from Safed.

- Who?

Ezri. Your employee.

I know. He studied at ''Or Vachesed''.

I know. They chased him away from there.


He managed to do too many

good deeds.

Discharge him.

What are you doing

Charity and gossip?

My father hired him

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Merav Doster

Merav Doster (born 1976 in Israel) is an Israeli female screenwriter. Merav Doster came to fame with her first feature film Eyes Wide Open. Her first film was selected by the Cannes Film Festival in 2009, and competed for two awards: "Un Certain Regard" and the Caméra d'Or.Doster currently lives in Tel Aviv, Israel. more…

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