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  • Summary: Built around intimately-told personal stories of Hasidic and Orthodox Jews who are gay or lesbian, the film portrays a group of people who face a profound dilemma -- how to reconcile their passionate love of Judaism and the Divine with the drastic Biblical prohibitions that forbidBuilt around intimately-told personal stories of Hasidic and Orthodox Jews who are gay or lesbian, the film portrays a group of people who face a profound dilemma -- how to reconcile their passionate love of Judaism and the Divine with the drastic Biblical prohibitions that forbid homosexuality. (Simcha Leib Productions) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Deeply moving and exceptionally gracious piece of documentary filmmaking.
  2. DuBowski has cast admirably far and wide for his interviews, giving the work global scope. In some instances, DuBowski is pretty clearly a proactive documentarian, inspiring some of his interviewees to dare to take steps that are risky and revealing.
  3. 80
    Remarkable exploration of sexuality and the Jewish faith.
  4. Reviewed by: Loren King
    75
    Examines this dilemma with compassion and sensitivity.
  5. 70
    Though angry and sorrowful, Trembling Before G-d, beginning with the title, is above all a work of reverence.
  6. 60
    By the end of Trembling Before G_d, you desperately wish that at least some of DuBowski's subjects would see the light.
  7. It's unfortunate that the people DuBowski profiles tend to be self-indulgent or otherwise unappealing. It's still more unfortunate that the film focuses more on relatively easy issues of acceptance.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
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