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Fill The Void Review

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When her sister dies in childbirth, 18 year-old Shira Mendelman (Yaron) finds herself under pressure from her mother to marry Esther's husband (Klein). The young woman has other ideas, however.

★★★★★

Written and directed by Rama Burshtein, an 18 year-old Haredi Jewish girl (Hadas Yaron) is shocked by a family tragedy. In the aftermath she wrestles with a dilemma: whether to marry for her mother’s sake. It’s absorbing and sensitively acted, but a little more lightness would have relieved the pervading unhappiness.

Like Saudi Arabia's Wadjda, Burshtein's film is a groundbreaking first - the first Israeli film to be directed by a woman - and although it lacks a little of the emotional heft of Haifaa al-Mansour's work, it's a well acted and delicately told tale.