Menashe is a kind but unhappy man. He lives in the ultra-orthodox Jewish community of New York's Borough Park, following the traditions scrupulously. But as a widow, those traditions say that he cannot have custody of his son. However, he has succeeded in persuading the rabbi to give him a chance to show that he can handle being a parent, so he allows the son to move in with Menashe during a trial period. "With overexposed light in the warm Brookly summer, Menashe is a low-key and poetic film about the daily sadness of life", states Hannes Fossbo in the Kulturnyheterna, rating the film 4 out of 5.