Shtisel

The exquisite pain of memory made animate
Netflix
by
ABR Arts 04 May 2021

Shtisel

The exquisite pain of memory made animate
Netflix
by
ABR Arts 04 May 2021
A promotional image for Shitsel (Ohad Romano/Netflix)
A promotional image for Shitsel (Ohad Romano/Netflix)

It opens with a dream. A dream that is, as dreams often are, awash in surrealism, disorientation, longing, desire. Dreams, both waking and sleeping, are integral to Shtisel’s composition, an Israeli television saga that speaks of the lives of the Shtisels, a family living in the midst of a Haredi (literally ‘those who tremble’, otherwise known as Ultra-Orthodox) community. The series is a textured chiaroscuro portrait of human experience that leaks pathos and laughter in equal skilled measure.

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Comment (1)

  • Brilliant analysis.
    Posted by Yael Hersham
    05 May 2021

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