Simon & Theodore


Philadelphia Premiere
Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018
Time: 2 PM
Location: Gershman Y

Director: Mikael Buch
Genre: Narrative Feature
Country: France
Year: 2017
Running Time: 1 hr 24 min
Language: In French with English subtitles

General Admission: $15
Seniors: $13
Students: FREE (*for our rules and regulations on Student tickets, click HERE)

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Simon (Félix Moati), a twenty-something soon-to-be father, wants nothing more than to raise a child with his rabbi wife, Rivka (Mélanie Bernier). However, on account of Simon’s history with mental illness, Rivka is unconvinced that he’s ready to take on the additional stress afforded by parenthood. A sweet but deeply volatile man, Simon feels out of control when experiencing intense distress and acts out by running into walls and hurting himself. Meanwhile, 13-year-old Théodore (Nils Othenin-Girard), one of Rivka’s most challenging students, wants nothing more than to have a real father figure in his life. He takes out his aggression towards his absentee, deadbeat dad on everything and everyone in sight. He even goes as far as abandoning his own Bar Mitzvah. Simon, desperate to prove himself to Rivka, sees potential in Théodore. If he can find a way to retrieve the boy and reform him, perhaps Rivka would realize that he is worthy of being a parent to their own child.

Filled with joy, pathos, and memorable performances, this poignant, coming-of-age indie is sure to win your heart in unexpected ways.

Special Guests: TBD


For Fans of:

  • Buddy films
  • Dark comedies
  • Father-son dramas
  • French cinema
  • Paris

Official Selection:

  • Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival
  • San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
  • Toronto Jewish Film Festival