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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.


Rama Burshtein


Rama Burshtein
13 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »





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


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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Rama Burshtein spent a year editing the movie. See more »


Rabbi: Rabbi Nachman of Breslev says that blessed be he who says one word of truth to the Almighty his entire life.
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Featured in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2012 (2012) See more »


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Profound and Moving
26 June 2013 | by clg238See all my reviews

This is a gorgeous film. The cinematography, largely revealing closeups of the characters, is stunning, bringing us close in to an unfamiliar world, an insular, deeply religious culture. The acting is flawless. But what brings me to give this film a top rating is the story, one of moral complexity--life, after all, is complicated, a truism that Hollywood films fail miserably in addressing, the rare times they attempt to do so (perhaps "The Master" and "Doubt" are exceptions). A young, innocent woman desires to make a marriage match that is in accordance with her Jewish Orthodox tradition and yet in some ineffable way is personally to her taste. At first this seems possible, but unforeseen circumstances make her choice of marriage partner difficult. She is not just choosing for herself and potential partner but her choice is central to the happiness or unhappiness of relatives and friends—a situation of which she is acutely aware. How can she make the right choice for everyone, herself included? In a culture seeped in moral values, the moral answer to her dilemma is not an easy one. It has been a long time since I've been so deeply moved by a film.

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Release Date:

18 October 2012 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Tel Aviv, Israel


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$59,164, 26 May 2013

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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