Uncut Gems: Passover Scene (Jewish Culture)

Uncut Gems offers up the anomaly of Adam Sandler–an actor best known for broad comedies–venturing into dramatic territory.

Directed by brothers Josh and Benny Safdie, “Uncut Gems” follows Howard Ratner (Sandler), a jeweler in New York’s Diamond District. He’s also a compulsive gambler with questionable judgment, in part because he relishes in the chaos of upping the ante rather than settling his debts.

Howard’s domestic life is equally in disarray: he’s dating his employee Julia (Julia Fox), though he’s still married to Dinah (Idina Menzel).

The Passover sequence, centered around one of the holiest holidays in the Jewish religion, gives audiences a brief opportunity to relax in a film that’s rife with tension. It’s a fleeting, unfettered look at what a normal life could look like for Howard if he wasn’t hellbent on risking it all.

The scene is replete with elements of Jewish culture, including reciting the Ten Plagues, reading the Haggadah and searching for the afikomen, a stashed piece of matzo that’s found for a reward.