From Schubert to Strauss, Bach to Brahms, Mozart to Billy Joel, the music of violinist Itzhak Perlman transcends mere performance to attain a level described by renowned Tel Aviv violinmaker Amnon Weinstein as “praying with the violin.” Alison Chernick’s enchanting documentary looks beyond the sublime musician to see the polio survivor whose parents emigrated from Poland to Israel, and the young man who struggled to be taken seriously as a music student when schools saw only his disability. Perlman himself is funny, irreverent and self-deprecating, and his life story unspools in conversations with fellow musicians and friends, and most endearingly Toby, his wife of 50 years. Director: Alison Chernick. (US 2017) 83 min.
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