The Women's Balcony
- 1h 36m
A bar mitzvah mishap causes a major rift in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem.A bar mitzvah mishap causes a major rift in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem.A bar mitzvah mishap causes a major rift in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem.
This film has a delightful gathering of characters who show their humanity and quirkiness simultaneously although this might have been enhanced with maybe a little over-the-top characterizations and situations now and then. Among the performers, Evelin Hagoel stands out as a woman who easily refutes the younger rabbi's forced changes on her community.
"The Women's Balcony" deals well with that age-old inner conflict among the religious - whatever the religion or denomination: the apparent sense of duty and obedience vs. what people know deep in their hearts to be true. This theme works well up to a point but the film is less effective due to the young rabbi's harsh, one-dimensional approach.
He easily comes off as a villain. If the film had given a glimpse as to what drives him, the audience could have been left with the inner-debate of whether to sympathize with him despite his odious actions. Despite the film's good points, this flaw reduces the film to a mixed result.
- Jan 13, 2018