Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Sam is unable to keep his clandestine actions from his family and his community. As the ordered life pattern of his childhood begins to unravel, he becomes closer to the new, dangerous people in his life, only to realise that they are enmeshed in conflict and despair that neither he nor they can resolve. His own dilemma is whether to turn back to the securities of his former life or continue down a road he now knows leads to destruction.
The film is interspersed by snippets of Rabbinic teaching in Sam's shul - the Adamic story is presented as a choice - when HaShem (Hebrew for 'the Name' - Lev 24:11) calls to Adam in the Garden, Adam has only two choices, to move closer, or to move further away. Sam struggles to rediscover his God on the quicksand between the temptations of the world and the straitjacket of his ancient traditions. Regardless of the choices he makes, he will hurt others in his life if he wants to save his own. The movie sharply demonstrates Chaucer's Squire's maxim that "bihoueth hire a ful longe spone.. That shal ete with a feend", or,"he who drinks soup with the Devil needs a very long spoon".