His shoes are too tight, and that is not the only problem faced by the taciturn orthodox Jewish student Isaac. He can’t concentrate on his studies and prayer no longer means anything to him.
In this intriguing feature debut, Avishai Sivan sketches the spiritual crisis of a young man who does not feel at home anywhere. Not with his parents, who were converted in old age, nor with his fellow students, while his approach to approaching women is brusque and clumsy. Even his body lets him down. Between the pain of an attack of kidney stones and a threatening diagnosis of infertility, he undertakes long and increasingly desperate peregrinations through the city at night, searching in vain for liberation from his loneliness and doubt.
The tightly composed form with largely static frames, little dialogue and sparing yet effective use of close-ups serves to emphasise the feeling of claustrophobia. The Wanderer had its premiere in Cannes, where the film was selected for the Quinzaine des réalisateurs.

Original title
Ha'Meshotet
Filmmaker
Avishai Sivan
Country
Israel
Year
2010
Medium
35mm
Length
86’
Language
Hebrew
Producer
Keren Michael, Shai Goldman, Redi Sivan, Avishai Sivan
Production Company
The Mouth Agape
Sales
Rendez-Vous Pictures Intl
Writer
Avishai Sivan
Cinematography
Shai Goldman
Editor
Avishai Sivan, Nili Feller
Production Design
Yang Yuval, Lin Baru
Sound Design
Alex Claude
Cast
Omri Fuhrer, Ali Nassar
Website
http://www.avishaisivan.com/