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Fill the Void (2012)

Lemale et ha'halal (original title)
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When the older sister of Shira, an 18-year-old Hasidic Israeli, dies suddenly in childbirth, Shira must decide if she can and should marry her widowed brother-in-law, which also generates tensions within her extended family.

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Rama Burshtein

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Rama Burshtein
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Cast

Cast overview:
Hadas Yaron ... Shira
Yiftach Klein ... Yochay
Irit Sheleg ... Rivka
Chayim Sharir ... Aharon (as Chaim Sharir)
Razia Israeli Razia Israeli ... Aunt Hanna (as Razia Israely)
Hila Feldman ... Frieda
Renana Raz ... Esther
Yael Tal Yael Tal ... Shifi
Michael Weigel ... Shtreicher (as Michael David Weigl)
Ido Samuel ... Yossi
Neta Moran ... Bilha
Melech Thal Melech Thal ... Rabbi
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Storyline

A devout 18-year-old Israeli is pressured to marry the husband of her late sister. Declaring her independence is not an option in Tel Aviv's ultra-Orthodox Hasidic community, where religious law, tradition and the rabbi's word are absolute. Written by Sundance Film Festival

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief smoking | See all certifications »
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Country:

Israel

Language:

Hebrew

Release Date:

18 October 2012 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Fill the Void See more »

Filming Locations:

Tel Aviv, Israel

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$59,164, 26 May 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,774,639, 29 September 2013
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The official submission of Israel to the Best Foreign Language Film for the 85th Academy Awards 2013. See more »

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Referenced in Film 2017: Episode dated 11 December 2013 (2013) See more »

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Black and White
28 October 2012 | by itamarscomixSee all my reviews

Israel's official entry to the Oscars this year is probably too minimalistic and low-key to make it to the final five, but it's a film well worth watching and is in fact one of the best films I've seen so far emerge from the growing Israeli cinema. Fill the Void is of particular interest to Israeli viewers because it's a rare window into the very closed-community lifestyle of the Orthodox Jews, giving very rare insight as the film was made by an Orthodox director but with a secular audience in mind, which is something never seen before. For foreign viewers too, it may be a fascinating glimpse into an anachronistic, static religious community that hardly ever opens itself up like this to the general public.

Cinematically, Fill the Void is startlingly minimalistic; the story is a very brief glimpse into a very simple lifestyle. The gorgeous cinematography compliments that, constantly focusing on the contrast between Hadas Yaron's white face, the black clothing and the gray-brown backgrounds, but with a soft focus that makes it very easy to get lost inside. The cinematography itself is so aesthetic that it often conceals just how simple the story and the characters are - the film revolves around one moral question without giving too much insight into the thought processes of any of the characters. Its real achievement however is in enabling the viewer to be immersed in the environment and the lifestyle of a culture so different from what we're used to, and in that sense it's a triumph.


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