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.