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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