the trial of Viviane Amsalem

DVD - 2015 | French
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"In Israel there is neither civil marriage nor civil divorce. Only rabbis can legitimate a marriage or its dissolution. But this dissolution is only possible with full consent from the husband, who in the end has more power than the judges. Viviane Amsalem has been applying for divorce for three years. But her husband Elisha will not agree. His cold intransigence, Viviane's determination to fight for her freedom, and the ambiguous role of the judges shape a procedure in which tragedy vies with absurdity, and everything is brought out for judgment, apart from the initial request"--Director's Fortnight.
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : Music Box Films , ©2015.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (115 min.) :,sound, color ;,12 cm
digital, optical, rda
Alternative Title: Trial of Viviane Amsalem [dvd]


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Oct 02, 2019



A dramatic divorce proceedings trial in Israel with a surprise ending!



An incredibly good psycho-religious drama, played out, one witness at a time, in a claustrophobic courtroom, closed to the general public. Be sure to watch the interviews (bonus material) with Ronit and her brother. Remember, despite its vaunted democracy, Israel, just like its Muslim neighbours, does not permit civil marriages or civil divorces. Everything has to be done through (dis)organized, intolerant, misogynistic religious officials. The "professional believers." I cannot believe that Ronit died in April, 2017, from cancer. She was one of the world's great movie actresses. Sit tibi terra levis, Ronit!

Nov 24, 2016

Throughout the entire film my heart was aching for the poor woman who just wanted a divorce from her selfish husband. All I could think was thank God my great-grandfather converted to Christianity and found a loving Christian wife. He had been Jewish, but saw that Jesus was indeed the promised Messiah. Stephan

Jun 06, 2016

"It's your right,
but it is not your choice."
True man show.
God, and those who play God.

Apr 22, 2016

Palestinian-Israeli films are AWESOME. Forget Ben Affleck in Argo or Matt Dumbface Damon in yet another Bourne Identity crisis. Watch Gett. Then, for kicks, find the movies Walk on Water and Late Marriage (both starring Lior Ashkenazi), and watch them.

Ronit Elkabetz died 4 days ago. Watch her in anything you can find, especially Late Marriage and The Band's Visit.

Jan 26, 2016

Excellent. Kafka in Israel.

KittyMoonshine Aug 01, 2015

This is the 3rd and final installment of a series. The First being To Take A Wife and the 2nd Seven Days. Combined they show the downfall of a marriage. The film is a bare bones set, so all you have to concentrate on is the well done acting of the cast. It is a tragic story, which shows the depression of woman in Israel. Within the sad reality are many moments of humor, if not only because of the absurdity of the proceedings of marriage law in that country.

Aug 01, 2015

No guns, no chase scenes, no blood and ugh those subtitles. In addition the extreme claustrophopic atmosphere of the tiny, cheap, and unfriendly marriage court. This is a film for serious film aficionados only. We just get brilliant acting and tightly wound characters as they go through several year’s worth of court witness dialog of an Orthodox Hebrew woman’s attempt to get a divorce from a stubborn husband. At times, the characters are so illogical you just laugh at how absurd they are. At other times, you just want to kick their you know what.

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