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Friday, January 6, 2017

Dough (2016)

This movie feels very rough around the edges.  The essential story is that a crotchety old observant Jew has a bakery that has been in his family for generations.  It is not just a business, it is a symbol of his place in the world and unfortunately, that place is pretty tenuous.  His son has no desire to run the family business.  He is a Cambridge educated lawyer, and while the mother was proud of his accomplishments, the father quite selfishly is wrapped up in how it reflects on him, and has nothing good to say, about the son, or much of anything really.  The bakery is in a part of London that is rapidly slipping into poverty, and the business hasn't made a profit in a very long time.  Enter Ayyash, a young Sudanese immigrant who has faced nothing but poverty and discrimination since he came to England.  His mother gets him an apprenticeship with the old man, and together they make a go of it.  They pray in different ways to the same god, but they are challenged when it comes to the way the world sees each of them (and has no qualms about telling them.  Maybe Trump's America is just England reinvented.  No civility), and the way they see each other.  It is a very raw movie in that way, and a little hard to watch for all of that, but I would recommend it.  Streaming on Netflix.

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