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Fill the Void (2012) More at IMDbPro »Lemale et ha'halal (original title)

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Fill the Void -- Fill the Void tells the story of a young Orthodox girl, Shira, who must choose between her heart’s wish and her family duty when her older sister, Esther, passes away and her widowed husband threatens to the leave the country.
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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Release Date:
18 October 2012 (Israel) See more »
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 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 Or Biton .... adr recordist: adr editor
Keren Or Biton .... dialogue editor (as Keren Biton)
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
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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Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief smoking
90 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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The official submission of Israel to the Best Foreign Language Film for the 85th Academy Awards 2013.See more »
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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Is the right thing always the best thing?, 1 August 2013
Author: Red-125 from Upstate New York

The Israeli film Lemale et ha'halal was shown in the United States with the title "Fill the Void" (2012). It was written and directed by Rama Burshtein. Other films exist about highly observant Jews, both in Israel and the U.S. However, this movie is unusual because the director herself if part of the orthodox community. She knows how people act, what they say, how they celebrate, and how they mourn.

As in many communities where a woman's outside options are limited, marriage is a central and crucial moment in their lives. Matches are arranged, but the woman always has the right to turn down a prospective suitor. Even so, the decision about whom to marry is critically important.

The wonderful young Israeli actor Hadas Yaron plays Shira, whose time for marriage has come. A match has been made, and Shira is excited about meeting the young man and, presumably, falling in love with him. Then tragedy strikes. Shira's loving older sister dies in childbirth, leaving behind a baby boy and a widower. In order to keep the family together, it is suggested that Shira marry the baby's father. He appears to be a fine man, but he's older than she is. Also, as Shira points out, she had dreams of exploring marriage with a young man, not with a previously-married man who has a child.

It would have been easy for the director to craft a story where the whole community is pushing Shira to marry Yochay, her late sister's widower. That's not how the film was crafted. Everyone respects Shira's right to decide, and Yochay isn't desperate, either. A match has been made for him with a woman from Belgium. (The problem is that he'd have to move to Belgium to be with her, and, of course, he'd take his infant son with him.)

You'll have to see the film to find out what happens next. However, the movie is far more than just a vehicle for a plot. It's an intimate look into the lives of the ultra-orthodox, and into the heart and mind of a young woman who wants to do what is right, but also what is best.

Fill the Void won six Israeli Academy Awards, including Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Film. Hadas Yaron won the Best Actress award at the 2012 Venice Film Festival.

We saw this film at Rochester's Dryden Theatre as part of the exceptional Rochester Jewish Film Festival. I think it will work better on a large screen than on DVD, but it's worth searching for it and seeing it on a small screen if necessary. For reasons I can't understand, this movie has a lukewarm IMDb rating of 6.6. Why? It's a brilliant film and deserves to be seen. Ignore the low rating, and don't miss "Fill the Void."

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