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Praying with Lior

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Praying With Lior

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
87 minutes
Limited Release Date:
02/01/08
director:
Ilana Trachtman
distributor:
First Run Features
genre:
Documentary

We gave it a B

In Philadelphia, Lior, a boy with Down syndrome, is getting ready for his bar mitzvah. The moment that his rabbi father says, ”He’s not stupid, he’s retarded — there’s a difference!” the theme of this bite-size, rewarding documentary comes into focus. It’s that the embrace of Lior — by his family, and by the Judaic community around him — completely transforms the way he feels about his mind. The boy has a penetrating spirit and a passion for davening (i.e., praying), and though the film gets a bit repetitive, in its moving climax Lior does more than just have his bar mitzvah — he earns it. B