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Fill the Void

  • Starring: Chayim Sharir, Hadas Yaron, Hila Feldman, Ido Samuel, Irit Sheleg, Razia Israeli, Renana Raz, Yael Tal, Yiftach Klein
  • Director: Rama Burshtein
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Rating: PG
  • Running Time: 90 min.

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 and the rabbi’s word are absolute.

"Burshtein's lush visual sensibility, and the subtle performances of the excellent cast, create an aching portrayal of longing and interdependence that transcends the boundaries of the family's small world."
- Diana Clarke, Village Voice
"Implicit in this film is a simple truth: The sheer force of artistry has the power to convert outsiders into insiders. I left Fill the Void feeling privileged, however briefly, to have been brought into this world."
- Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"A transfixing, emotionally complex Israeli drama."
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Burshtein has achieved a gripping film without victims or villains, an ambiguous tragedy drawing on universal themes of love and loss, self-sacrifice and self-preservation."
- Peter Keough, Boston Globe
"A sympathetic, lay­­ered portrayal, rich with detail, that earns its more complex and resonant conclusion."
- Nell Minow, Chicago Sun-Times