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A Price Above Rubies (1998)

About a young woman who is married to a devout Jew and the problems that trouble their marriage because of the woman wanting something more out of her life

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Boaz Yakin

Writer:

Boaz Yakin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Renée Zellweger ... Sonia Horowitz
Christopher Eccleston ... Sender Horowitz
Julianna Margulies ... Rachel
Allen Payne ... Ramon Garcia
Glenn Fitzgerald ... Mendel Horowitz
Kim Hunter ... Rebbitzn
John Randolph ... Rebbe Moshe
Kathleen Chalfant ... Beggar Woman
Peter Jacobson ... Schnuel
Edie Falco ... Feiga
Timothy Jerome Timothy Jerome ... Dr. Bauer (as Tim Jerome)
Phyllis Newman ... Mrs. Gelbart
Joyce Reehling Joyce Reehling ... Shaindy
Shelton Dane Shelton Dane ... Yossi
Jackie Ryan Jackie Ryan ... Young Sonia
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About a young woman who is married to a devout Jew and the problems that trouble their marriage because of the woman wanting something more out of her life Written by Doug

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

In a world of rules... one woman is ruled by her passion.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and brief language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Price Below Rubies See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,588, 29 March 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,081,957, 31 May 1998
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mendel says Sonia's birthstone is the ruby, this would make her birthdate somewhere in July. See more »

Goofs

Most of the action takes place between Sonya's birthday, which is in July, as evidenced by her birthstone, the ruby), and Yom Kippur, which is in the early fall. However, in all the outdoor scenes, it is clearly winter, as evidenced by the winter coats on all characters and extras. See more »


Soundtracks

Arovecha
Performed by Jesus Alemañy's Joubanismoi
Written by Orlando Valle
Courtesy of Hannibal Records, a Byodisc label
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Amazingly spot on!
4 August 2006 | by Devorah_UKSee all my reviews

I was Sonia. I lived a life in many ways similar to her's - i.e., married a 'yeshiva buchor', supported him, rebelled (emphatically!), was ostricised and found the whole thing stifling, intollerant, conformist (woe betide to those who dared to be a bit different), suppressive and above all 100% hypocritical (I don't look Jewish and if I had a penny for the number of 'orthodox' men who tried to pick me up, I could retire!). Mendel's brother's behaviour wouldn't surprise me in real life one bit.

I was absolutely amazed how authentically the characters in this film portrayed the yeshiva going community - to the point where I actually read the credits at the end to see how many of the actors were Jewish! Although Judaism is supposed' to be a lot of things (i.e., the man is 'encouraged' to see to his wife's pleasure), it is in fact quite often the opposite. As is often said, the religion is fine, it's the people who leave a lot to be desired. And that came across so clearly in this film. Sonia was ostracised for not conforming (yup, that sounds about right), her husband was so 'devout' (a tzadik) he was ashamed of his - and her - sexuality that he tried to repress it (yep, right again), the yentas (busy boddies) in the community had a lot to say (um hmmm) - absolutely everything about the movie was so spot on it was eerie - even down to the Yiddish-isms, accents and dress.

It brought back a lot of unpleasant memories...but that is only a testament to how authentic the film really was. In terms of storyline, content, acting, music - I thought it was excellent, hence the 10* rating.


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