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Minyan (2021)

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Critic Consensus: Sensitively helmed by director Eric Steel, Minyan presents a patiently told coming-of-age story led by Samuel H. Levine's powerful performance.

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A young Russian Jewish immigrant in Brighton Beach, caught up in the tight constraints of his community, develops a close friendship with his grandfather's new neighbors, two elderly closeted gay men who open his imagination to the possibilities of love and the realities of loss -- and explores the East Village where he finds a world teeming with the energy of youth, desire and risk. Set in the late 1980s, as AIDS hammered New York City, Minyan is a powerful story of rebellion and self-discovery, sexual and spiritual awakening -- and survival.

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Cast

Alex Hurt
as Bruno
Riley Barnes
as Yeshiva Bully 1
Mark Bruk
as Rabbi
Lawrence Jansen
as Itzik's Son
Amir Levy
as Driver 2
Elizabeth Loyacano
as Mrs. Namovsky
Zane Pais
as Nathan
Riley Barnes
as Yeshiva Bully 1
Drew Reade
as Yeshiva Bully 2
Jonathan Raviv
as Junior Rabbi
Eleanor Reissa
as Mrs. Greenberg
Eli Rosen
as Principal Rabbi
Sacha Seberg
as Mr. Zeydenbaum
Chinaza Uche
as Teacher
Peter von Berg
as One Armed Russian
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Critic Reviews for Minyan

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (11)

What's most interesting about Eric Steel's tender coming-of-age drama is the queerness hiding in plain sight.

January 9, 2022 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Eric Steel has delivered a wholly believable and handsomely executed tale of acceptance which is further elevated by his peerless attention to detail and undiluted documentarian style.

January 7, 2022 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

An easily forgettable, painful waste of potential.

January 7, 2022 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Levine brings an assertive and intelligent performance.

January 3, 2022 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

"Minyan" interrogates the interlocked spiritual and social dynamics of Brighton Beach's Eastern European Jewish population in the mid-1980s with tonal and visual solemnity.

October 28, 2021 | Full Review…

The director Eric Steel follows the lead of his introverted protagonist and takes an understated approach to the story.

October 21, 2021 | Full Review…

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