The old saw about academic politics that they're so vicious because the stakes are so small takes on a family dimension in this winsome Israeli comedy (a nominee for the foreign-language Oscar).
Elderly Talmud scholar Eliezer Shkolnik (Shlomo Bar-Aba) has labored on his arcane theories for decades, and his only claim to fame is being mentioned in a footnote by a revered scholar. Meanwhile, Eliezer's son Uriel (Lior Ashkenazi) has eclipsed his father in honors and fame, though the elder Prof. Shkolnik thinks his son's books are unworthy as serious scholarship.
Then Eliezer gets a call from the Ministry of Education, informing him he's been picked to receive the Israel Prize, that nation's most prestigious honor. Now the rivalry, and the family tension, reaches heights of absurdity.