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Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

GETT, le procès de Viviane Amsalem

Israel, France, 2014
Drama

Synopsis

Viviane has been applying for divorce for three years. But her husband Elisha will not agree. His cold intransigence, her 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.

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Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem Directed by Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2014 | Directors' Fortnight

San Sebastián International Film Festival

2014 | Special Mention: TVE Otra Mirada Award

National Board of Review

2014 | Winner: Top Five Foreign Language Films

Golden Globes (USA)

2015 | Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film

One feels the oppressiveness of Israeli domestic law, but how one is supposed to feel about the subjects isn’t clear; in Brechtian fashion, Elkabetz develops the characters almost exclusively through their own self-conscious rhetoric, which forces the viewer to treat each new revelation as a piece of evidence.
February 25, 2015
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With “Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem,” siblings Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz prove that they rank with the finest filmmakers alive. Every shot, cut, line, performance, indeed every moment in this feature is perfectly judged, always conveying precisely what it needs to convey in order to define its characters and move the story forward.
February 19, 2015
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This makes for gripping cinema from start to finish, almost implausibly so… With her dramatically pale face framed by a voluptuous dark cloud of hair, Ms. Elkabetz is never more effective than when she’s holding still, her face so drained of emotion that it transforms into a screen within the screen on which another, indelibly private movie is playing.
February 12, 2015
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