Fill the Void

Fill the Void

Lemale et ha'chalal

DVD - 2013 | Hebrew
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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, tradition and the rabbi's word are absolute.
Publisher: [S.l.] : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2013.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) :,sound, colour ;,12 cm
digital, video, surround
video file, DVD, rda
Alternative Title: Lemale et ha'chalal.


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Feb 17, 2017

If you're looking for a good movie this is not it. If you're looking for an educational film with a boring main character, this might be it. Even in the Israeli orthodoxy environment, there must be 18 year old girls that have a lively or alluring personality. This girl was a cold fish emotionally. She acted more like a 12 year old. What a boring ending. Yochay is portrayed as not wanting her initially then suddenly he wants her. Why? I can understand he needed a mother for his son but Shiri is more like a preteen babysitter with no allure whatsoever. What a drab and uninteresting movie with an incomplete ending. What a waste of time: TEDIOUS.

Jan 02, 2017

If you are looking for a cultural experience that is not mainstream fare, then this would be worth a try. We enjoyed it as it exposed us to the Hasidic Jewish people, of which we knew very little. The story was 'real life', read this as 'not riveting' but it was still quite good.

magictouch Mar 26, 2015

A peek in the matrimony traditions of Hassidic Jews and its undeniably intrinsic struggles of decision-making.
Convincing acting.

Jan 17, 2015

It is an interesting look at Hasidic life-for about 20 minutes. Then it's just boring. Furthermore, the ending is just terrible.

madison382 Aug 02, 2014

From a cultural prospective, I found this movie to be very interesting.

Froster Jul 16, 2014

I hate to be the naysaying voice to the chorus of praise surrounding this slice of Israeli Orthodoxy, but….it is like watching paint dry, and when the picture is finally complete, there is nothing remotely ambivalent or interesting about it. It is a wholehearted endorsement of the patriarchy that comes with this belief system. That it comes from a female writer/director is hardly cause for celebration. Even My Father, My Lord, another entry into this very narrow sub-genre, allows for the presence of doubt. This movie’s unquestioning acceptance of the status quo and the hermetic is disheartening. And the milieu, though picturesque, never manages to explain its allure. If you want to see a modern Jewish woman's take on the subject of Orthodox matrimony (and so much more), I suggest The Wedding Song. Fill the Void doesn’t even begin to fill in the blanks.

JMGP May 07, 2014

This film provides a privileged look into a very private Hassidic Jewish culture. The characters are sensitively and artfully drawn. A very richly human story. Recommend.

Dec 28, 2013

my advise to watch this movie twice second time with commentary. there are a lot of thing we don't understand and commentary helps.

d2013 Dec 09, 2013

Interesting look at the life inside an Orthodox religious society. The movie (DVD) is slow but speaks volume.

btmslt Nov 13, 2013

An interesting look at another culture; however, it was sometimes too slow moving.

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