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Fill the Void (2012)
"Lemale et ha'halal" (original title)

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A young Hasidic Jewish woman is pressured into an arranged levirate marriage to an older widower.

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Shira
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Yochay
Irit Sheleg ...
Rivka
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Aharon (as Chaim Sharir)
Razia Israeli ...
Aunt Hanna (as Razia Israely)
Hila Feldman ...
Frieda
Renana Raz ...
Esther
Yael Tal ...
Shifi
Michael David Weigl ...
Shtreicher
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Yossi
Neta Moran ...
Bilha
Melech Thal ...
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A devout 18-year-old Israeli is pressured to marry the husband of her late sister. Declaring her independence is not an option in Tel Aviv's ultra-Orthodox Hasidic community, where religious law, tradition and the rabbi's word are absolute. Written by Sundance Film Festival

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief smoking | See all certifications »
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18 October 2012 (Israel)  »

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$59,164 (USA) (24 May 2013)

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$1,774,639 (USA) (27 September 2013)
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Rama Burshtein spent a year editing the movie. See more »

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Featured in The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards (2013) See more »

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An evocative, captivating love story in an orthodox community in Tel Aviv.
18 May 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Put aside what you think you know or don't know about the inner world of an orthodox Chassidic community in Tel Aviv, and let Rama Burshtein weave a story that is believable, engrossing, and rich with nuance and subtlety... the timeless themes found in a community which lives in the past, the excellent acting, direction and casting, will have you quickly absorbed in this terrific film.

If you are looking to vent your critique or holier than thou judgments of Jewish Orthodoxy, you may feel a bit humbled by the humanity found behind the long dresses, black robes and covered heads. The portrayal of the rabbi is an especially tender reflection of some one who is indeed spiritual, in the most human sense.


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