Fill the Void is the Das Boot of Orthodox Hassidic family dramas.

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“Claustrophobic” would be a suitable one-word review of writer/director Rama Burshtein’s brilliant debut movie Fill the Void. The movie is an look into a unseen world on the big screen – the world of an ultra-religious community. “Fill the Void has nothing whatsoever to do with the religious-secular dialogue,” said Burshtein, “it opens a peephole into a tiny story taken from a very special and complex world.” The movie doesn’t concern itself with any of the religious/secular debate, instead it focuses on telling a good story. Which it does very effectively.

Shira (Hadas Yaron) is the eighteen-year old daughter of the family of devout Orthodox Hassidic faith. She is almost all grown up, about the become a woman. When we meet her at the beginning of the movie she is knee-deep in the emotional turmoil of being married off in an arranged marriage to a promising young man. She has been waiting a long-time for her turn,  growing up in the shadow of her twenty-eight year old sister Esther (Renana Raz). Esther and her husband Yochay (Yiftach Klein – an eery doppelganger of legendary comedian Sasha Baron Cohen) are expecting their first child any day now. Excitement runs through the family’s with these two events.

Read the rest of the review at DONNYBROOK WRITING ACADEMY

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