Fill the Void (2013) - Rotten Tomatoes

Fill the Void (2013)



Critic Consensus: Graceful, complex, and beautifully layered, Fill the Void offers a sympathetic portrait of an insulated culture by exploring universal themes.

Movie Info

Eighteen-year-old Shira (Hada Yaron) is the youngest daughter of the family and is about to be married off to a very promising young man of the same age. On Purim, her twenty-eight-year-old sister, Esther (Renana Raz), dies during childbirth, leaving her husband to care for the child and postponing Shira's promised match. When the girls' mother finds out that Yochay may leave the country with her only grandchild, she proposes a match between Shira and the widower, which leaves Shira to choose between her heart's wish and her family's wish to keep the child with them. FILL THE VOID was the 2012 Venice Film Festival winner for Best Actress (Yaron), and has been selected as the Israeli entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards. It will also be featured in the Spotlight Program at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. (c) Sony Classicsmore
Rating: PG (for mild thematic elements and brief smoking)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Rama Burshtein
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 24, 2013
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


Razia Israely
as Aunt Hanna
Raiza Israeli
as Aunt Hanna
Renana Raz
as Esther
Yael Tal
as Shifi
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Critic Reviews for Fill the Void

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (23)

This is an extraordinary first film, nerve-tingling in its intensity, and assembled with a finesse and control even the great Austrian director Michael Haneke might envy.

Full Review… | December 9, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

Beautiful and mysterious, the[se] first glimpses are an ideal primer for the Israeli film, which never rushes to spell out the meanings of its subtle and quiet moments.

Full Review… | July 30, 2013
Washington Post
Top Critic

It's not a great movie, but it's a humane and touching one.

Full Review… | February 28, 2016

Emotional issues an an insular world

Full Review… | May 23, 2014
Movie Habit

A man and a woman, alone, on a path at night, forbidden to touch, speak, confront, describe passion: the man moves closer. That's all. The smallest of moves, infinitesimal motion. The world tilts on its axis.

Full Review… | April 9, 2014
Newcity entertaining yet uneven debut from a promising new filmmaker...

Full Review… | February 28, 2014
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Audience Reviews for Fill the Void

Israeli powerhouse Rama Burshtein is the first female Orthodox Jewish director to make a film outside of the community, for wider distribution. She wrote and directed "Fill the Void," a film about the marital prospects of Shira, who realizes she wants to marry her sister's widower.


Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


Yet another culture that I do NOT get. Poor, poor girl. This is a roughly made Hebrew film. Interesting to watch. Kind of slow...

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


I feel that the film is definitely worth watching although some of the scenes and the ending seem to be end at the wrong moment; when you really want to find out what a characters says next or what he/she does. I suppose these could be only minor flaws in an otherwise fantastic film, but these details did make it anticlimactic for me. Perhaps this brings a welcomed ambiguity that is lacking so often in many films. Despite this, I cannot deny the emotional charge with which the leads bring to their performance. I keeps you captivated.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

Fill the Void Quotes

Shira: If I forget thee oh Jerusalem let my right hand lose it's skill.
– Submitted by Frances H (2 years ago)

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