An Orthodox Jewish boy persecuted for his faith turns to boxing as a means of self-defence. As an adult, he graduates to illegal bare-knuckle fighting, becoming increasingly entangled in a web of criminal activity. When a stint in prison alienates him from his family and community, he strives to make things right. Yet a revelation about his past has devastating effects, and triggers a series of events that jeopardise his hopes for normal life.
This is a strange film and left us wondering who made it and why. The idea of a Jewish boy seeking to escape the claustrophobic atmosphere of the ultra-Orthodox community is not new and has been explored in several American and Israeli films over the years. But this one is simply unbelievable. The characters are totally unconvincing, the acting is poor, and the story line borders on the anti-semitic, with an allegedly learned rabbi figure who pays the "hero" to commit arson, knowing that there are people in the building he is paid to fire-bomb. The setting is unclear - can it be London or Manchester, which are the only cities with a significant ultra-Orthodox community ? It's impossible to tell from the accents, which are mainly "mock-Jewish". I think this film should be withdrawn from circulation. It is a shabby farce of a film. PS. I am not a religious Jew, and have no time for the ultra-Orthodox or their self-imposed ghetto.