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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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Credited cast:
... Rivka
... Meïr
... Malka (as Meital Barda)
... Yossef (as Uri Ran-Klausner)
... Rav Shimon
... Elisheva (as Lea Koenig)
... Yaakov
... Gynaecologist
... Uncle Shmouel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Noa Dori ... Noa
Shireen Kadivar ... Lexa
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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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Opening Weekend USA:

$30,820, 20 February 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$735,864, 20 August 2000
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An interesting film ruined by oversimplification
20 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

My big problem with this film is its view of the haredim (`ultra Orthodox' as they're sometimes called in English). Amos Gitai was called anti-religious for this movie. I don't know if he is or not. I DO know, as a modern observant Jew, that this film does not nearly portray the complexities of women's lives in haredi society. It simply chooses to portray them as victims. There have been cases of spousal abuse, marital rape, et cetera, in the haredi community, but it is not the norm. What happened with the divorce is extraordinarily unlikely in real life, yet he made it seem realistic. It's very easy to paint a picture of a society as an oppressive patriarchy if you only draw it as a caricature, and that's what Gitai did.

As a result, the good parts of the film, such as the performances, are almost meaningless, because the film's vision is so distorted and one-dimensional. This would have been a far more interesting film if it had portrayed haredi women's difficulties (which, like in any conservative society, are real) in a more complex way. There are many fascinating stories to be told about the haredi community, which combines rigid rules with an incredibly rich family and spiritual life. Kadosh shows you the pain haredi women experience, but never the joy.

Please, if you have no experience or familiarity with haredi or even Orthodox Judaism in general, take this film with a grain of salt. It's far from all there is.


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