Fill The Void (Lemale et ha'halal) Tuesday, 07 July 2020

Fill The Void (Lemale et ha'halal)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Mild themes.

  • The pitch:

    Marriage is about family.

  • Starring:

    Hadas Yaron, Yiftach Klein, Irit Sheleg, Chayim Sharir, Razia Israeli, Hila Feldman, Renana Raz, Melech Thal

  • Directed by:

    Rama Burshtein

  • Running time:

    90 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), NR (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    A door is broken in.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A married couple enter a bedroom to have (presumed) sex.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (wine). Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Religious references, exclamations and custom. Circumcision implied. Name-calling.

  • THEMES:

    Relationships, Hasidic Judaism, levirate, birth, death, engagement, marriage, obligation, single parenting, spinsterhood, courtship, arranged marriage, Purim.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Mother dies in childbirth. Orphan, widow, widower. A collapsed woman is found (off-camera). Wedding setting. Tel-Aviv setting. Original title is Lemale et ha'halal. Hebrew language (subtitles). Inspired by Jane Austen novels.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Intricate, well crafted, subtle, emotionally complex, transfixing, ambient, insightful. Excellent performances. Beautifully photographed. Vivid soundtrack.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Over-use of close-up. Some scenes tend to end too abruptly.

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