Watching Fill the Void is like stepping into a Charlotte Brontë novel set in Tel Aviv’s ultra-Orthodox community. Strict social codes, rabbinical decrees, and subtle signifiers govern the way all members interact – especially men and women. This is the universe of taciturn, 18-year-old Shira, whose cloistered life takes a dramatic turn when her sister dies suddenly, leaving behind a newborn and a bereaved husband. As the camera gently infiltrates Shira’s family’s hushed quarters, so, too, does it keenly observe her private evolution from innocence to self-awareness as she decides whether to take her sister’s husband as her own. The tension between Shira and her brother-in-law is palpable as their vulnerabilities stir under the surface of an emotional chess game neither is prepared for. Director Rama Burshtein’s universal story of tortured love – told with enormous specificity, nuance, and depth – is transfixing. –Sundance Film Festival

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90 min
Not Rated
Year: 2012
Country: Israel
Language: Hebrew with English subtitles
Festivals: Sundance 2013, Venice 2012
Director: Rama Burshtein
Screenwriter: Rama Burshtein
Cast: Hadas Yaron, Yiftach Klein, Irit Sheleg, Chaim Sharir, Razia Israeli, Hila Feldman
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