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Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem2014

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An Israeli woman seeking to finalize a divorce (gett) from her estranged husband finds herself effectively put on trial by her country's religious marriage laws, in this powerhouse courtroom drama from sibling directors Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz. In Israel, there is neither civil marriage nor civil divorce; only Orthodox rabbis can legalize a union or its dissolution, which is only possible with the husband's full consent. Trapped in a loveless marriage, Viviane Amsalem has been applying for a divorce for three years but her religiously devout husband Elisha, continually refuses. His cold intransigence, Viviane's determination to fight for her freedom, and the ambiguous role of the rabbinical judges shape a procedure where tragedy vies with absurdity and everything is brought out into the open for judgment.
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A stunning condemnation of religious courts and the power they hold over people. A knockout performance by the great Ronit Elkabetz; with 22 awards to her before this, and 3 more for this film, securing her place as one of the great actors of cinema. Everyone in this is perfect, and it is remarkable to see a film of this magnitude obviously made on a very low budget. Kudos to her as a writer, a director and an actor. Her much-too-early death was a tragic shock to all of her fans and admirers, who had expected many more great performances from her :-(

Such an amazing movie!