- finding out what the fuss is about R.Zellweger
- learning more about Hasidic Jewish women's life
On the second goal, IMDb viewer comments gave me at least as much _accurate_ info as did the film, and I thank them.
Nearly didn't make it past the first scene - how unappealing can two children be? And what was with the non-sequiturs about "They'll kill us if they find us?!"
Even basing itself on the weary "givens" of strident feminism that all men are evil (or at best, stupid) and that religion oppresses women, especially those of unstable emotions, the film did remind me of two things I've learned in life:
1. Be true to yourself.
2. Let no one come between you and God (as you understand Her).
Oh, and sure enough, that Zellweger gal can act.
Now, one thing I do like to ponder on a movie like this:
What happened to the characters after the titles rolled?
I didn't see Sonia and Ramon staying together. She reps him creditably, builds a business and life for herself, and somehow maintains a pleasant, part-time relationship with Baby Shimmie and Mendel, who I suppose doesn't remarry but continues to become a most beloved and apt teacher.
And I found out that I'm so glad I can walk out with my head uncovered in my culture!!