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Film Description


Fill The Void
Lemale et ha'halal

Fill the Void tells the story of an Orthodox Hassidic family from Tel Aviv.

Eighteen-year-old Shira is the youngest daughter of the family. She is about to be married off to a promising young man of the same age and background. It is a dream-come-true, and Shira feels prepared and excited.

On Purim, her twenty-eight-year-old sister, Esther, dies while giving birth to her first child. The pain and grief that overwhelm the family postpone Shira’s promised match. Everything changes when an offer is proposed to match Yochay – the late Esther‘s husband – to a widow from Belgium. Yochay feels it‘s too early, although he realizes that sooner or later he must seriously consider getting married again.

When the girls’ mother finds out that Yochay may leave the country with her only grandchild, she proposes a match between Shira and the widower. Shira will have to choose between her heart’s wish and her family duty.


"Transfixing and emotionally complex…Like Jane Austen, director Rama Burshstein understands that the great stories are more often than not about family and passion, the very things that bring us together and tear us apart." -Kenneth Turan, LA Times

"Beautiful and mysterious, the[se] first glimpses are an ideal primer for the Israeli film, which never rushes to spell out the meanings of its subtle and quiet moments." - Stephanie Merry, Washington Post

Director: Rama Burshtein
Cast: Hadas Yaron, Yiftach Klein
Year: 2012
Runtime: 90 minutes
Country: Israel
Language: Hebrew
Distributor: Mongrel

Ratings: ON NR / BC NR / AB NR / SK NR / MB NR / QC NR / Maritmes NR


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