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Kadosh (1999)

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

Director:

Amos Gitai
3 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Goofs

The scene where Yossef the zealot prays loudly for understanding the Torah is completely preposterous. An Orthodox Jew would always pray silently, even when alone. To pray in such a boorish manner would only invite ridicule. See more »

Alternate Versions

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

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Mariage
from "Clarinettes"
Performed by Louis Sclavis
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Interesting and unusual.
4 September 2000 | by Andy - CardiffSee all my reviews

I would agree that this film progresses at a very slow pace but the story about the secretive world of orthodox Judaism is interesting. In spite of being traditionalist Hassidism is relatively modern to the long history of the Jewish religion being formed amongst Eastern European Jewry in the 18th century, partly as a reaction to anti-semitism and secularism.

The director Amos Gitai has taken on a very difficult task in portraying this sect of Judaism. What is put across well is the incompatibility of conservative traditionalism with a secular society and how suffocating and repressive religious strictures can be. A good story but one that could have shown in more detail the contrasts between the reality of secular Israeli society and the closed world of mysticism.


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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

Gross USA:

$736,812

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$770,132
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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