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THIS is a com­pelling and timely al­ter­nate-his­tory drama from the cre­ator of The Wire and based on the Philip Roth novel.

Star­ring Wi­nona Ry­der, Zoe Kazan, John Tur­turro and Mor­gan Spec­tor, it’s told from the per­spec­tive of the Levins, a work­ing-class Jewish fam­ily based in New Jer­sey.

They can only watch and worry as avi­a­tor hero Charles Lind­bergh as­cends to the pres­i­dency of the United States, a xeno­pho­bic pop­ulist who turns the na­tion to­wards fas­cism and anti-semitism.

“These a ****** s, they’ve al­ways been here,” says Monty, brother of Her­man Levin. “Now they have per­mis­sion to crawl out from un­der their rocks.”

The par­al­lels with re­cent pol­i­tics are not lost here.

As this dou­ble bill opener be­gins, fam­ily pa­tri­arch Her­man (Spec­tor) is ex­pect­ing a pro­mo­tion at work and takes his fam­ily to look at a big house in a nice neigh­bour­hood.

But his wife Bess (Kazan) gets the feel­ing they won’t be all that wel­come away from their tight-knit Jewish com­mu­nity.

Zoe Kazan and Wi­nona Ry­der

John Tur­turro plays the lo­cal Rabbi Lionel Ben­gels­dorf

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