Praying With Lior Synopsis
A rabbi's son, who has Down syndrome, has an extraordinary love of prayer.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Apart from its intriguing religious implications, the film is also a compelling look at the family, community and congregational pillars...
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Chicago Tribune

Trachtman says she made the film to illustrate the plight of disabled Americans who must contend with houses of worship that lack...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Though the film gets a bit repetitive, in its moving climax Lior does more than just have his bar mitzvah -- he earns it.
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Chicago Reader

By Andrea Gronvall
Lior is an irrepressible character as he works a room, doing exactly what a bar mitzvah boy should: challenging, instructing, and, in his...
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New York Magazine (Vulture)

By David Edelstein
Praying With Lior engages us on so many levels it transcends its middle-class Jewish milieu.
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By Dennis Harvey
What makes this involving beyond its subject's slightly freakish fascination is helmer Ilana Trachtman's capturing of a complex family...
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The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
Patiently and delicately, Ms. Trachtman teases out the tricky dynamics of a family dealing with a disabled child.
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TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Thoroughly heartfelt. But though Trachtman alludes to the impact that Lior's special needs and local fame has had on his family, she seems...
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Trachtman's gentle profile does make for touching viewing, but she leaves too many questions unanswered.
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Boston Globe

By Janice Page
There's an honest, unfiltered quality to what you see and hear.
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By rosyshoshy
A beautiful do***entary about a child with Down Syndrome in the time leading up to his Bar Mitzvah. Brought me to tears a number of times....

No wonder this won so many awards!

By CinemaDiva
My teenage boys and I are Protestants but we watched this in celebration of Passover and it was a wonderful documentary! It left us so inspired, and wishing we knew Lior and his family in real life....

Best Movie I have seen all Year!!!

By idapearson
I was lucky to catch this film at a film festival. I took my whole family and some neighbors. After watching the film, we rode home in the car in silence for 5 minuets. We were still amazed and...