The source of that empathy is director Rama Burshtein’s own life. She is the first ultra-Orthodox Israeli woman to direct a feature film, and the yearning for independent identity is embodied in her heroine, Shira (Hadas Yaron).
The pretty preschool teacher is 18, the age at which it is appropriate to consider offers of marriage. Shira’s mother (Irit Sheleg) sifts through the businesslike proposals, hoping to find a gem among the bearded, black-hatted men in their tightknit Tel Aviv community.
The gold standard among men is