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Yentl (Barbra Streisand) is a passionate and fiercely intelligent young woman. As an Orthodox Jew, she is forbidden to read the Talmud, the Jewish scripture, but her father Mendel (Nehemiah Persoff), a rabbi, encourages her inexhaustible thirst for knowledge. When her father dies, the whole world of Yentl is shattered. Not only is she without her beloved father, but her educational opportunities are all but gone. She takes drastic measures, cutting her hair and impersonating her late brother, to enter a Yeshiva, a religious school, in order to continue learning the Talmud. There are serious complications along the way, as Yentl falls in love with Avigdor (Mandy Patinkin), but Avigdor’s fiancée Hadass (Amy Irving) has fallen in love with Yentl!

“Yentl” is a beautiful film brimming with Streisand’s emotional and intuitive direction. She’s also a force in front of the camera, delivering one of the finest performances of her career (and considering how good she looks, that’s really saying something). It is a delicate performance, full of grief and fear, but also overflowing with love and an unwavering desire to learn despite the crushing restrictions imposed on Yentl.

“Yentl” has jaw-dropping musical numbers that take advantage of Streisand’s impeccable singing skills. “Dad, can you hear me?” is a deeply spiritual song that focuses on Yentl’s inner conflict to follow his dreams, while mourning the loss of his beloved father. A magnificent meditation on faith, family and the eternal quest for knowledge, “Yentl” is a must.

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