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Fill the Void -- 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.
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Rama Burshtein (written by)
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Release Date:
18 October 2012 (Israel) See more »
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Plot:
A young Hasidic Jewish woman is pressured into an arranged levirate marriage to an older widower. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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13 wins & 16 nominations See more »
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in-depth look into the world of the Orthodox See more (19 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Hadas Yaron ... Shira

Yiftach Klein ... Yochay
Irit Sheleg ... Rivka

Chayim Sharir ... Aharon (as Chaim Sharir)
Razia Israeli ... Aunt Hanna (as Razia Israely)
Hila Feldman ... Frieda
Renana Raz ... Esther
Yael Tal ... Shifi
Michael David Weigl ... Shtreicher

Ido Samuel ... Yossi
Neta Moran ... Bilha
Melech Thal ... Rabbi

Directed by
Rama Burshtein 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Rama Burshtein  written by

Produced by
Roni Abramovski .... line producer (as Roni Abramowsky)
Assaf Amir .... producer
Adar Shafran .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Yitzhak Azulay 
 
Cinematography by
Asaf Sudri  (as Asaf Sudry)
 
Film Editing by
Sharon Elovic 
 
Casting by
Michal Koren 
 
Art Direction by
Uri Aminov  (as Ori Aminov)
 
Costume Design by
Hani Gurevitch  (as Chani Gurewitz)
 
Makeup Department
Esther Ben-Noon .... makeup artist (as Eti Bennun)
Elinor Gigi .... assistant makeup artist
Daphna Ben Mayor .... assistant makeup artist
Hila Mins .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Tammy Cohen .... post-production producer
Michal Eliav .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Adi Halfin .... first assistant director
Yoav Hornung .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Shimon Cohen .... property master
Tamir David .... art assistant
Daniel Didi .... set dresser
Hagai Weinblum .... art assistant
 
Sound Department
Aviv Aldema .... sound designer
Aviv Aldema .... sound re-recording mixer
Aviv Aldema .... supervising sound editor
Keren Biton .... dialogue editor
Neal Gibbs .... foley recordist
Nin Hazan .... foley artist
Nin Hazan .... sound effects editor
Moti Hefetz .... sound recordist
Kobi Nissim .... additional boom
Oren Raviv .... boom operator
Oded Ringel .... additional boom
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Vered Adir .... still photographer
Karin Bar .... still photographer
Miki Berdougo .... gaffer (as Michael Berdougo)
Liad Berger .... grip
Sezar Berger .... additional gaffer (as Cesar Berger)
Gal Drimmer .... second assistant camera (as Gal Drimer)
Noam Eisenberg .... key grip
Lior Etrogy .... steadicam operator
Oded Israeli .... focus puller
Daniel Kaluzshky .... grip (as Daniel Kaluzhsky)
Reuven Rozenberg .... gaffer
 
Casting Department
Or Yashar .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adi Hahn .... dresser
Ayala Nitzan .... dresser
 
Editorial Department
Anat Arav .... post-production coordinator
Ido Karilla .... digital picture services
Yoav Raz .... colorist
Shahar Weiss .... conform
 
Other crew
Odelia Appel .... production assistant
Cameron Arguelles .... quality control
Huni Arma .... production assistant
Dana Dadun .... water girl
Natan Gruzman .... production assistant
Israel Itzkovich .... hassidic consultant (as Rabbi Israel Itzkovich)
Oz Jarraafi .... production assistant
Itzik Lichtenfeld .... location manager
Ilya Marcus .... production assistant
Lia Mayer-Sommer .... foreign relations coordinator
Yanir Nachmani .... production assistant
Gaya Nahmani .... personal assistant: director
Gaya Nahmani .... script supervisor
Irit Sheleg .... project development
Amri Tsarfati .... production assistant
Or Yashar .... extras management
 
Thanks
Aharon Yaron Burshtein .... dedicatee
Alesia Weston .... special thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"Lemale et ha'halal" - Israel (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief smoking
Runtime:
90 min
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Rama Burshtein spent a year editing the movie.See more »
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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
in-depth look into the world of the Orthodox, 11 July 2013
Author: chuck-526 from Ipswich MA

Gets _way_ further inside the world of the "Orthodox Jew" than anything I've ever even heard about before. The director and some of the actors really are Orthodox, so the portrayals of both home life and ceremonies that are seldom photographed are truly accurate, not just informed guesses. Yet this is not an "ethnographic record", it's a feature film. And the cinematography is excellent, about as far from an "amateur home movie" as you could possibly get.

The glass-half-full description is "a character study" - the glass-half-empty description is "slow boiler". Those prone to getting fidgety will probably be tested beyond their endurance. The psychological nuances aren't trivial - this film is the official submission of Israel to the Best Foreign Language Film for the Academy Awards.

The treatment of women looks "old-fashioned" to us: separate rooms, hair covering, emergency health care workers restricted if they might see something they normally wouldn't ...all the horror stories we've heard. This deeper look though shows us the considerable adaptation and flexibility around those rules-- architecture modified so those separate rooms aren't all that separate, a spinster covering her hair on the advice of her rebbe even though she'd never been married so people wouldn't ask so many awkward questions, the wife controlling the money in a rebbe's household, arranging clandestine peeks at potential mates via cellphone. The clumps of women standing in doorways reminded me powerfully of the clumps of servants in those Manor House period piece films like Gosford Park. The blocking of access to females in physical distress reminds me of stories out of Saudi Arabia. And the photo I saw later of a "fashion designer" Muslim hair covering looked so much like what these Orthodox women wear I did a double-take.

No easy answers, no "good guys" and "bad guys". There are both pros and cons. Downsides include difficulty finding a marriage partner, great difficulty keeping widows and widowers within the community, birth defects apparently from genetic inbreeding, and almost complete loss of input into the direction of the surrounding society/economy. Upsides include very strong support from both family and friends, and unparalleled community closeness. Where else do non-relatives easily call other adults by their pet names when the going gets rough? And how often do family friends feel free to proffer a word of contrary advice at any time? And although someone's decision to move away is often somewhat painful to others, where else would people literally rather die?

Beforehand I was ready to keep my distance and laugh at "those silly people". But watching it I realized the film applies equally well to _all_ communities that are "in the world but not of the world": fundamentalist Christians; even hippies who've resigned themselves to having zero political influence. There's a whole lot of space in the middle on the line with "modern society" on one end and "a cult" on the other end. Although on the surface this film is about a particular world that's about as familiar to me as living on Mars, the deeper story of gaining community but losing interaction with the surrounding society/economy still has me ruminating days later.

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