The gap between fathers and their adult sons is a frequent film plot, but directors Guy Nattiv and Erez Tadmor have a few surprises up their sleeves in Magic Men
. Avraham (Makram Khoury) is a Greek atheist who now lives in Israel. His son Yehuda (Zohar Shtrauss) is a Hasidic rapper, which means the two don't have a whole lot to talk about. But when Avraham decides he wants to find the magician who saved his life in World War II, the pair team up to navigate the old country. Everything you encounter in a father-son road-trip film is here, including the lack of understanding, uneasy reconciliations and emotional bonding that brings them closer together. Magic Men
screens at 5:30 p.m. tonight at the Landmark Plaza Frontenac Cinema (1701 South Lindbergh Boulevard, Frontenac; 314-994-3733 or www.stljewishfilmfestival.org
) as part of the St. Louis Jewish Film Festival. Tickets are $8 to $11.
Mon., June 8, 5:30 p.m., 2015