With her first dramatic feature, writer-director Rama Burshtein has made a compelling, disconcerting view of Israel’s orthodox Hassidic community from the inside, where an 18-year-old girl is pressured to marry her deceased sister’s husband following her death in childbirth.
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Too Jewish! That's what most of my Jewish friends said, and it certainly helps to understand this film if you are familiar with the Haredi community and their interpretation of halacha. I am familiar with it, and I found this film to be a very thoughtful, objective look at the sensitive topic of arranged marriages, even though the film was made by a Haredi woman. Extremely well- done debut by Gveret Burshtein.
Surpreendente, PREENCHENDO O VAZIO (FILL THE VOID) é um filme ortodoxo e estranho e mesmo assim nos emociona com sua familiaridade. Talvez pela força e consistência de sua direção, cuja emoção flui como um rio, primeiro em um simples filete e, então se avolumando pelo leito, pela projeção, até nos arrebatar, mas não transbordar porque o rio – o filme – é estreito e rígido.
Explores an interesting world and has a solid cast, but this is a formulaic story sculpted without much technical proficiency, especially when it comes to the cinematography—shoddy work by the DP and/or focus puller. Some shots are randomly out of focus (or damaged by distractingly shallow depth of field), and the intermittent use of soft lighting is poorly integrated and seemingly without purpose.
Interesting, though not compelling or especially well made. Admirable for sharing a view into a world most moviegoers will be unfamiliar with and good enough that the rather rudimentary storytelling and movie making skills don't devalue the movie.