Adapted from a story by David Bezmozgis set in Brighton Beach in the 1980s, Minyan follows David, a young Russian Jewish man, as he comes to terms with his homosexuality. David is strongly attached to his family, his background, and his faith. His closest confidante is his recently widowed grandfather, Josef (Ron Rifkin). David wants to move in with him to help him grieve, and while securing an apartment for them, he gets to know an elderly male couple who live as “roommates” in the same building. This heartfelt introduction to romantic gay love is juxtaposed with scenes of David cruising the city for sex and meeting his own special person against the emerging backdrop of the AIDS epidemic. Told in a textured, understated manner, this is a powerful narrative debut by the director of the controversial documentary The Bridge.
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