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Kadosh (1999)

Not Rated | | Drama | 10 June 1999 (Israel)
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Two sisters become victims of the patriarchal, ultra-orthodox society.

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Amos Gitai
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Cast

Credited cast:
Yaël Abecassis ... Rivka
Yoram Hattab ... Meïr
Meital Berdah ... Malka (as Meital Barda)
Uri Klauzner ... Yossef (as Uri Ran-Klausner)
Yussuf Abu-Warda ... Rav Shimon
Leah Koenig ... Elisheva (as Lea Koenig)
Sami Huri ... Yaakov
Rivka Michaeli ... Gynaecologist
Samuel Calderon ... Uncle Shmouel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Noa Dori Noa Dori ... Noa
Shireen Kadivar Shireen Kadivar ... Lexa
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Storyline

The year 2000 approaches in Jerusalem's Orthodox Mea Shearim quarter, where the women work, keep house, and have children so the men can study the Torah and the Talmud. Rivka is happily and passionately married to Meir, but they remain childless. The yeshiva's rabbi, who is Meir's father, wants Meir to divorce Rivka: "a barren woman is no woman." Rivka's sister, Malka, is in love with Yakov, a Jew shunned by the yeshiva as too secular. The rabbi arranges Malka's marriage to Yossef, whose agitation when fulfilling religious duties approaches the grotesque. Can the sisters sort out their hearts' desires within this patriarchal world? If not, have they any other options? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Israel | France

Language:

Hebrew

Release Date:

10 June 1999 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Sacred See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,820, 20 February 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$735,864, 20 August 2000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Agav Hafakot,MP Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Alternate Versions

The "Making of" featurette shows several scenes cut from the movie, including one of Rivka preparing a meal. See more »

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Featured in A History of Israeli Cinema (2009) See more »

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Silence
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Above the controversy rises Meital Berdah's talent
31 January 2006 | by stevekriefSee all my reviews

Some have called this movie anti-religious, other argue that it shows Israel is a real democracy, financing movies which criticize all the aspects of its society, probably in a more abstruse way than European cinema today. More than the controversies and even the story, I remember the actors' talent. Especially Meital Berdah. In the movie, she plays the role of Yaël Abecassis' sister. I would think that in real life, she's Jennifer Connelly's sister. She has the same worrying strength on screen, the same charisma. When Connelly leaves her nightmares in Requeim For A Dream, we're both afraid and attracted by her eyes. The feeling is shared when Berdah leaves her neighborhood for a better life, trying to let a bitter marital experience slide, washed down the drinks of lowlifes who hang around the bar where her lover works.


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