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All in the Dysfunctional Family

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Too often, the foibles of Jewish family life are portrayed in negative, even mean-spirited ways. Happily, “Reuniting the Rubins,” a warm and heimish film, provides a humorous and occasionally moving antidote to that negativity.

The first full-length feature from religiously observant British writer-director Yoav Factor, “Rubins” suggests that familial love conquers all. That may or may not be true, but the film’s heart and kishkes are in the right place.

Lenny Rubins (Timothy Sprall) is a retired attorney about to embark on a long-anticipated round-the-world cruise. But just before the ship leaves port, he receives word that his mother suffered a heart attack.

Granny Rubin (Honor Blackman of Pussy Galore fame), a Holocaust survivor, beseeches Lenny to postpone his trip and gather his brood for a Passover Seder. Lenny resists. He has a distant relationship with his four children. In fact, they don’t get along with him or with each other.

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