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SHIVA
2008, 103 min, Israel, France, Dir: Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz

The second film by siblings Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz continues the story of Viviane and her family, following the tensions that arise when they are reunited to sit shiva for a recently deceased brother. As the Gulf War goes on in the background, old resentments and problems bubble to the surface. In Hebrew, French and Arabic with English subtitles.


TO TAKE A WIFE
VE'LAKHTA LEHE ISHA
2004, 97 min, Israel, France, Dir: Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz

In 1979 Israel, hairdresser Viviane (Ronit Elkabetz) struggles to maintain her individuality in a household with an oppressive, conservative husband and his live-in mother. When Viviane’s old lover reappears, an already untenable situation grows more complicated in this award-winning film co-written and co-directed by Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz. In Hebrew, French and Arabic with English subtitles.


GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM
2014, Music Box Films, 115 min, Israel, Dir: Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz

“Gett” is Hebrew for a divorce decree - something that’s very tough to get in Israel, where rabbinical courts hold jurisdiction and mutual consent is required. This riveting drama follows the five-year struggle of Viviane Amsalem (Ronit Elkabetz) to break from her loveless marriage to husband Elisha (Simon Abkarian); its powerful examination of the roles of men and women in a religious society where they are not always equal recalls Asghar Farhadi’s A SEPARATION. In Hebrew, French and Arabic with English subtitles.


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