Immerse yourself in the culture and traditions of an orthodox Hassidic Israeli family in Rama Burshtein’s excellent Fill The Void. Burshtein’s film follows Shira (Hadas Yaron), an 18 year old Israeli girl looking forward to her proposed pairing and arranged marriage to another boy her age.
When her older sister Esther dies in childbirth leaving behind her husband Yochay (Yiftach Klein) and infant son Mordechai, Shira’s family is overcome with grief. However, as the months pass and pressure grows on the newly widowed Yochay to take another wife in Belgium and take their grandson Mordechai away from them, Shira’s parents propose she become her brother-in-law’s new wife.
Fill The Void’s intimate camera work and expert direction provide a documentary-like feel to the portrayal of the Jewish rituals surrounding Purim and Mordechai’s bris ceremony. It also brings a level of intimacy to the scenes between two characters discussing private matters and longings.
Even though the film is set in contemporary times, illustrated in a scene where a neighbor’s techno party blares through the walls of Shira’s home during Purim, the film brilliantly and simply depicts the strictures of marriage within orthodox Jewish society for both men and women, giving the film a timeless quality. It is a thoroughly engaging story and an instant classic of world cinema that gets under your skin.
Fill The Void is now playing at Cinema Village, please check it out in the theater.
– M.A ST JOHN (@theReelScoop)
Flix Not to Miss: ‘Making Mr. Right’ (1987) by Susan Seidelman
I always enjoy a good romantic comedy, and Susan Seidelman provides a quirky, offbeat example of the genre with a touch of sci-fi in Making...READ MORE
#TBT Flix Not to Miss: ‘The Gleaners & I’ (2000) by Agnes Varda
The Gleaners, an oil painting by Jean-François Millet. In her documentary The Gleaners & I (2000), Agnes Varda’s point-of-departure is a 1857 painting by Jean-Francois Millet portraying three women gleaning the...READ MORE
#TBT Flix Not to Miss: ‘Vagabond’
When I first saw Vagabond (1985) by French New Wave filmmaker Agnès Varda, it was a revelation. Varda’s story begins with finding a woman’s frozen body...READ MORE
#TBT Flix Not to Miss: ‘Gas Food Lodging’
Gas Food Lodging (1992) by Allison Anders is one of those films that has stayed with me over the years. It resonated at the time I...READ MORE