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Fill the Void Reviews

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Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
May 23, 2014
Emotional issues an an insular world
Ray Pride
Newcity
April 9, 2014
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.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 28, 2014
...an entertaining yet uneven debut from a promising new filmmaker...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jonathan Romney
Sight and Sound
February 6, 2014
As opposed to the bleak view of sexual subjugation in Kadosh, Amos Gitai's 1999 film about Hasidic marriage, Fill the Void sees Burshtein fortrightly and wittily asserting that this is how her community lives.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 4, 2014
A rare and illuminating glimpse of contemporary Hasidic life against the backdrop of ritual, Purim, marriage, and death.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tom Clift
Concrete Playground
December 19, 2013
Few films in recent memory better capture the heartbreak of loss, the agony of indecision or the burden of familial duty.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]
December 16, 2013
An intelligent and moving examination of the possibilities of personal freedom within the strict confines of religion and tradition.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
December 12, 2013
There is perhaps something ultimately undeveloped about it, but the film is a well acted, well presented piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
December 12, 2013
Fill the Void is as well-versed in the rules of matchmaking as a Jane Austen novel, and it bends them as artfully as wicker.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
December 12, 2013
Its last five minutes are so extraordinarily enigmatic, you're certain the subject of innocence, guilt and attraction has been addressed on a deep level.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
December 12, 2013
A fascinating and emotionally gripping drama with a sharply written, understated script and a pair of terrific performances from Hadas Yaron and Yiftach Klein.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies
December 12, 2013
A nuanced kitchen-sink depiction of an Israeli Hassidic community which zeroes in on the dilemma of an 18-year-old girl named Shira.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
December 12, 2013
With honesty and sensitivity, this Israeli drama takes us into an unfamiliar subcuture, letting us experience aspects of life in an Orthodox Jewish community that we've probably never even imagined before.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kevin Harley
Total Film
December 9, 2013
A warm, watchful slant on marital mores in an ultraorthodox Jewish community.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Hannah McGill
The List
December 9, 2013
In the end, it's hard to determine whether Burshtein is celebrating or critiquing the insularity and strict traditions of the community that she herself joined in her 20s - but presumably that's part of the point.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
December 9, 2013
Although it lacks a little of the emotional heft of Haifaa al-Mansour's work, it's a well acted and delicately told tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
December 9, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
November 21, 2013
..heir funny hats and weird hairdos don't camouflage the recognisable human characteristics we readily understand. For me, that is the film's most enduring and most important message
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
August 30, 2013
Eventually reveals itself to be a sort of Jane Austen romance -- a tale of matchmaking and marriage motivated by the ritual and decorum of Haredi Judaism in modern Tel Aviv rather than by the social strictures of 19th-century England.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 16, 2013
Burshstein has managed a small miracle with his gentle film ... . A movie about matters of faith that manages to be neither condescending nor smug ... a surprisingly accessible and satisfying experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
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