Synopsis by Mark Deming
A couple find they're fish out of water when they journey back to their ancestral homeland in this comedy from France. Alain (Gerard Depardieu) is a successful doctor in his mid-fifties who has been married to Gisele (Fanny Ardant) most of his adult life. Alain and Gisele have grown tired of life in Paris; looking for a change and eager to embrace their Jewish heritage, they decide to pull up stakes and move to Tel Aviv. While the couple are excited at first about their new life, fate puts a damper on their enthusiasm; the flat they rented is not at all what they expected, their baggage gets lost en route, and they find that most of the locals don't take their mid-life embrace of Judaism very seriously (especially when word gets around that Alain has never been circumcised). Alain is especially upset when a job at a hospital he'd been counting on falls though, and to add insult to injury Gisele soon strikes up an uncomfortably close friendship with a handsome young rabbi (Lior Ashkenazi).
cultural-shock, fish-out-of-water, heritage, Judaism, Rabbi