Fill the Void

Fill the Void

(Lemale et ha'halal)
(2012)

Israeli drama, a winner at Venice Film Festival 2012, following devout 18-year-old Shira (Hadas Yaron) - the youngest daughter of an Orthodox Hasidic family in Tel Aviv. When her older sister tragically dies in childbirth, Shira is pressured to marry the widower.... More

"Shira is about to be married off to a promising young man of the same age and background. It is a dream come true, and Shira feels prepared and excited. On Purim, her 28-year-old sister, Esther, dies while giving birth to her first child. The pain and grief that overwhelm the family postpone Shira’s promised match. Everything changes when an offer is proposed to match Yochay - the late Esther’s husband - to a widow from Belgium. Yochay feels it’s too early, although he realises that sooner or later he must seriously consider getting married again. When the girls’ mother finds out that Yochay may leave the country with her only grandchild, she proposes a match between Shira and the widower. Shira will have to choose between her heart’s wish and her family duty." (Venice Film Festival)Hide

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  • The film isn’t exactly rousing in its conclusion, but it’s always respectful: a serious ethical inquiry into matters of women’s choice, both imposed and seized upon. Check it out. Full Review

  • The curious world of Orthodox Hasidic Jews is affectionately portrayed in the unexpected tale of a marriage. Full Review

  • Both accessible and thrilling. Full Review

  • There's so much skill on display that audiencess disinclined to look kindly on pics presenting marriage as a woman's ultimate goal will struggle to find technical faults. Full Review

  • Funny hats and weird hairdos don't camouflage the recognisable human characteristics we readily understand. For me, that is the film's most enduring and most important message. Full Review

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