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Ve'Lakhta Lehe Isha (2004)

The story takes place in Haifa, Israel, in 1979, during three days before the Shabbat. A young woman trying to raise three children, work from home, and observe the strict Moroccan ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
... Viviane
... Eliahou
... Albert
Sulika Kadosh ... Hanina Ohayon
... Dona (as Dalia Malka Beger)
Kobi Regev ... Eviatar
Omer Moshkovitz ... Gabrielle
Yam Eitan ... Lior
Valérie Zarrouk ... Yvette
Carl Zrihen ... Victor (as Charly Zrihen)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ben Barak
Gilles Ben-David ... (as Gilad Ben-David)
Dina Blay
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The story takes place in Haifa, Israel, in 1979, during three days before the Shabbat. A young woman trying to raise three children, work from home, and observe the strict Moroccan traditions of her family finds herself at constant odds with her husband and her brothers, who want her to stay married and leave behind the notions of being loved and free. Written by fkelleghan@hotmail.com

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Elkabetz shines
5 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

I completely fell in love with Elkabetz's final film Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem. It's such a complete film I didn't realize until much later that it was the final piece in a trilogy, the first being To Take a Wife.

To Take a Wife works much the same way. You don't need to know that it is part of a trilogy, it works very well on its own. Ronit Elkabetz plays Viviane Amsalem. When we meet her she is completely silent, and remains so for a good portion of the running time. Men around her beg and plead with her. It's because Vivane wants a divorce from her husband, and her ultra religious family are appalled and want her to give her husband a chance. The scene ends with Viviane relenting, but the rest of the movie is preoccupied with showing just how bad the Amsalem's marriage is. In Gett, Viviane talked about the torture of their marriage, but it was never seen. In To Take a Wife, we learn just how bad things can get between two people who are completely ill suited to one another.

This is the debut film for Elkabetz and her brother and co-director. Unlike Gett this doesn't rise to the level of full masterpiece but it's an excellent showcase for Ronit nevertheless and her portrayal of Viviane is heartbreaking and feels real and lived-in.


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