A Price Above Rubies (1998)

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About a young woman who is married to a devout Jew and the problems that trouble their marriage because of the woman wanting something more out of her life



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ramon Garcia
Mendel Horowitz
Rebbe Moshe
Beggar Woman
Timothy Jerome ...
Dr. Bauer (as Tim Jerome)
Phyllis Newman ...
Mrs. Gelbart
Joyce Reehling ...
Shelton Dane ...
Jackie Ryan ...
Young Sonia


About a young woman who is married to a devout Jew and the problems that trouble their marriage because of the woman wanting something more out of her life Written by Doug

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


In a world of rules... one woman is ruled by her passion.


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 March 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Price Below Rubies  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$43,588 (USA) (27 March 1998)


$1,081,957 (USA) (29 May 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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Mendel says Sonia's birthstone is the ruby, this would make her birthdate somewhere in July. See more »


Most of the action takes place between Sonya's birthday, which is in July, as evidenced by her birthstone, the ruby), and Yom Kippur, which is in the early fall. However, in all the outdoor scenes, it is clearly winter, as evidenced by the winter coats on all characters and extras. See more »


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A Tortured Soul Searches For Serenity
28 October 2001 | by (Long Island, NY) – See all my reviews

Having come from a similar background to the main character, Sonia Horowitz, I was able to empathize with her plight. Although there is much to be admired in the world of Orthodox Judaism, and Hasidism in particular, it is a community with a narrow, ethnocentric perspective with little latitude for behavior outside the philosophical norm. Many in the community who strive to exceed the acceptable boundaries find themselves isolated and ostracized for their non-conformal attitude. Sonia's journey, though not typical, had some of the elements I have personally experienced.

I must note, however, that the sexual intercourse scene between Sonia and Mendel, where they perform the act fully clothed, is not technically correct. Jewish law actually expects that the couple be completely unclothed. It places the burden upon the husband to satisfy his wife to the best of his ability. I realize to what purpose the scene was done the way it was, but it incorrectly portrayed a very private and sacred part of Jewish life.

I was deeply affected by this independent film targeted to a fairly limited audience. Renee Zellweger, a Catholic/Episcopalian Texas native, turned in a remarkable performance, and got many of the nuances right, as did many of the other performers.

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