A devout 18-year-old Israeli woman is pressured to marry an older widower, the husband of her late sister. Declaring her independence is not an option in Tel Aviv’s ultra-Orthodox Hasidic community, where religious law, tradition and the rabbi’s word are absolute. This film was made in Israel and released in 2013. It received seven Israeli Academy Awards including best picture and best actress and was an official selection in the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
“The compelling story is remarkably focused — even as it hints at such influences as Jane Austen, “The Godfather” and “Fiddler on the Roof” — and the emotional stakes lofty, both for the characters onscreen and, especially, the audience.”