CANNON MONTH 2: The Appointed (Hameyu’ad) (1990)

Just looking at the IMDB description of this movie has made me crazy to hunt it down: “A rabbi’s son rebels against his roots and becomes a magician. A woman enters his life and turns his tricks into metaphysical phenomena. The son is forced to choose between love and living up to his father’s expectations.”

And that’s it. 33 people have seen it on IMDB with no reviews. It has nothing on Letterboxd. I’ve hunted what’s out there on the internet and can tell you this much: Shemya is a stage magician, as well as the prodigal son of a family of rabbis who wants to escape his “hereditary position as the next leader of a small but zealous community.” Shout out to Killer Movie Reviews for filling me in on so much of this.

He soon meets a mysterious woman named Oshra who can make things catch on fire. Is she the demon Lilith, calling him away from religion, or is she created from Shemya’s subconsciousness? And what’s the story with the prophecy that Shemya must die and rise again?

Director Daniel Wachsmann’s best-known movie is Hamsin, which was selected as the Israeli entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 55th Academy Awards but was not accepted as a nominee.

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