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December 12, 2013 5:46 pm
Rightly award-laden, Fill the Void follows a Hasidic teenager pressured to consider a man she finds unsuitable for marriage. This is a delicate, deeply romantic film. The culture it describes – the Haredi Jewish community in Tel Aviv – might be insulated and sometimes suffocating but also sympathetic and feeling: there is no crude whitewash with regard to religious fervour. This is the first widely released film ever directed by an Orthodox Jewish woman, and its last five minutes are so extraordinarily enigmatic, you’re certain the subject of innocence, guilt and attraction has been addressed on a deep level.
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