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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 ...
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Aharon (as Chaim Sharir)
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Aunt Hanna (as Razia Israely)
Hila Feldman ...
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Renana Raz ...
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Yael Tal ...
Shifi
Michael David Weigl ...
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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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Hadas Yaron had to lie to get out of her military duty to audition for the film. See more »

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Profound and Moving
26 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a gorgeous film. The cinematography, largely revealing closeups of the characters, is stunning, bringing us close in to an unfamiliar world, an insular, deeply religious culture. The acting is flawless. But what brings me to give this film a top rating is the story, one of moral complexity--life, after all, is complicated, a truism that Hollywood films fail miserably in addressing, the rare times they attempt to do so (perhaps "The Master" and "Doubt" are exceptions). A young, innocent woman desires to make a marriage match that is in accordance with her Jewish Orthodox tradition and yet in some ineffable way is personally to her taste. At first this seems possible, but unforeseen circumstances make her choice of marriage partner difficult. She is not just choosing for herself and potential partner but her choice is central to the happiness or unhappiness of relatives and friends—a situation of which she is acutely aware. How can she make the right choice for everyone, herself included? In a culture seeped in moral values, the moral answer to her dilemma is not an easy one. It has been a long time since I've been so deeply moved by a film.


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