Seventeen-year-old Menachem and his family lead an ordinary life until a car accident changes everything. In shock, Menachem runs to find help for his brother and father, who were injured in the accident. But when he returns, his father has mysteriously disappeared and his brother is taken to a hospital. »A world turned upside down by the disappearance of a man means all the people who knew him have to reinvent themselves. It is as if God Himself had abandoned us, revealing our vulnerability.
The »Tehilim« of the title refers to a major part of Judaïc liturgy. These psalms, attributed to King David, accompany Jews each day of their existence.
It is precisely in this every day life that Nadjari anchors his story. After a car accident a head of household disappears, abandoning his two young sons at the scene of the accident. What has happened to him? Is he still alive? Many questions are left unanswered and they will upset a fragile family. The mother tries to face the material risks, supported by an ambiguous uncle and a religious grandfather who devotes himself to the study of the Torah. On modernity’s side, she finally moves away from her omnipresent parents. At the center of the story, the two brothers end up coming closer together, spurred on by the younger one. In spite of his young experience, the child understands that safety is not in division. Nadjari believes in reconciliation: that is the beauty and the power of his work. And perhaps that’s also the key to the mystery that he leaves unresolved. Each character tries his best and within his means to get his missing father back, by putting a lot of effort into a positive project.