Fill the void

DVD - 2013 - Hebrew
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Fill the void
After her sister dies in childbirth, a young orthodox Jewish woman's family pressures her to marry her brother-in-law rather than entering into an arranged marriage with a man closer to her age.

Publisher: Culver City, California :, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,, [2013]
Edition: Anamorphic widescreen
Branch Call Number: DVD Foreign FILL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 90 min.) :,sound, color, DVD video ;,4 3/4 in


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Mar 26, 2015
  • magictouch rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A peek in the matrimony traditions of Hassidic Jews and its undeniably intrinsic struggles of decision-making.
Convincing acting.

Jan 17, 2015
  • BlueHippo rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

It is an interesting look at Hasidic life-for about 20 minutes. Then it's just boring. Furthermore, the ending is just terrible.

Aug 02, 2014
  • madison382 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

From a cultural prospective, I found this movie to be very interesting.

Jul 22, 2014
  • Froster rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I hate to be the naysaying voice to the chorus of praise surrounding this slice of Israeli Orthodoxy, but….it is like watching paint dry, and when the picture is finally complete, there is nothing remotely ambivalent or interesting about it. It is a wholehearted endorsement of the patriarchy that comes with this belief system. That it comes from a female writer/director is hardly cause for celebration. Even My Father, My Lord, another entry into this very narrow sub-genre, allows for the presence of doubt. This movie’s unquestioning acceptance of the status quo and the hermetic is disheartening. And the milieu, though picturesque, never manages to explain its allure. If you want to see a modern Jewish woman's take on the subject of Orthodox matrimony (and so much more), I suggest The Wedding Song. Fill the Void doesn’t even begin to fill in the blanks.

May 07, 2014
  • JMGP rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This film provides a privileged look into a very private Hassidic Jewish culture. The characters are sensitively and artfully drawn. A very richly human story. Recommend.

Dec 28, 2013
  • 8217549 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

my advise to watch this movie twice second time with commentary. there are a lot of thing we don't understand and commentary helps.

Dec 28, 2013
  • d2013 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Interesting look at the life inside an Orthodox religious society. The movie (DVD) is slow but speaks volume.

Nov 13, 2013
  • btmslt rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

An interesting look at another culture; however, it was sometimes too slow moving.

Oct 25, 2013
  • miriam666 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

dvd scratched at critical conversation in the middle

But the whole movie was amazing, about the intersection of genuine feelings and social and circumstantial pressures. I liked the style,very natural soundtrack, beautiful light and composition.

I felt like there was a lot of focus on Shira finding/defining herself in distinction to the norms of her society, without rebelling against them. Lovely loving portrayal of Hassidic life.

Her first 'date' has her scoping out a guy with her mom in the supermarket and being excited that he's The One. But after being pushed to confront what she does and does not want and expect for herself, she pushes for emotional honesty and individuality on her later shidduch 'date' even though she has trouble giving those things or figuring herself out.

I feel like the blurb is a little misleading; one of the best parts of the movie is how the Rabbi and father and brother in law all emphasize the importance of Shira's own feelings. Feeling obligated to 'do the right thing' is not enough for any of the male characters.
I also liked the push for honesty and the tension between Yochay and Shira.

There was a lot of ambiguity regarding Shira's deepest feelings, which I felt made the movie richer. Wish the ending was a little less ambiguous though.

Oct 20, 2013
  • zalito rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.



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