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  • Summary: Pearl Gluck travels to Hungary to retrieve a turn-of-the-century family heirloom: a couch upon which esteemed rabbis once slept. En route for the ancestral divan, Pearl encounters a colorful cast of characters who provide guidance and inspiration. (Zeitgeist Films)
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
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  1. The serious struggle in this lilting doc is told with an inviting light touch and a big heart.
  2. 80
    Warmhearted but unsentimental, touching but not mawkish, clever but never cute, Divan is almost miraculously modest.
  3. 80
    Gluck, an oral historian, has the magpie eye of a born collector of objects, people and ideas, a cheeky appreciation for the ironies life drops on us, and enough of an open mind to let her odyssey lead her where it may.
  4. Reviewed by: Kevin Crust
    The result is a touching and humorous documentary that for all its enlightening scope, encompassing centuries of religious and cultural history and a physical voyage of thousands of miles, is ultimately a deceptively simple tale of a daughter trying to reconnect with her father across two boroughs.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    At just under 80 minutes, Gluck's film would make a perfect double bill with "Trembling Before G-d," Sandi Simcha DuBowski's acclaimed documentary about gay Orthodox Jews who, like Gluck, have found themselves caught between their love for their religious heritage and all the secular possibilities they could no longer ignore.
  6. 70
    Divan overcomes its stylistic clichés only because Gluck's story is rich, and because it comes to a knockout finish.

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