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Fill the Void Reviews

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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
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
July 30, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 11, 2013
It's an artful, character-driven drama that constitutes a minor miracle of empathy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
June 20, 2013
Burshtein creates a one-of-a-kind portrait that nonetheless transcends its setting, and even its worldview; the dynamics are global.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
June 20, 2013
Burshtein has achieved a gripping film without victims or villains, an ambiguous tragedy drawing on universal themes of love and loss, self-sacrifice and self-preservation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Susan Wloszczyna
Chicago Sun-Times
June 14, 2013
[Burshtein] vividly depicts a clannish culture that is likely to feel foreign and perhaps off-putting to generations that came of age in a progressive post-feminist era.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 14, 2013
[Burshtein's] subject is a woman's right to choose her spouse, and what a weighty, giddy, confusing, clarifying and, ultimately, sacred choice that is.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 14, 2013
There's a clotted and cramped feeling to "Fill the Void" that's downright creepy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Nell Minow
Chicago Sun-Times
June 13, 2013
A sympathetic, layered portrayal, rich with detail, that earns its more complex and resonant conclusion.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 13, 2013
A moody, exquisitely told tale of love and duty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
June 13, 2013
None of the religious rituals feels particularly spiritual, and even the nominally happy ending fails to alleviate the oppressive tone.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 13, 2013
An elegant miniature, Rama Burshtein's "Fill the Void" labors under a narrative inevitability, but it's artful work nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Walter V. Addiego
Hearst Newspapers
June 7, 2013
"Fill the Void," a compelling and skillfully made domestic drama, is a rarity, a film that's both set within, and emerges from, a devoutly religious world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 31, 2013
I left Fill the Void feeling privileged, however briefly, to have been brought into this world.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
May 23, 2013
Burshtein's cinematic experience has more than honed her quietly effective and inherently dramatic filmmaking style, it's deepened her gift for emotional honesty, for knowing the truth of a situation and how to convey it to an audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 23, 2013
Both accessible and thrilling.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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May 23, 2013
A love poem to the ultra-Orthodox world as seen from within.
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Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
May 23, 2013
Practically an ethnographic film
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
May 23, 2013
Trouble is, while the social milieu is nicely realized, other parts of the drama are not. Too often Burshtein cuts off a scene prematurely, darting away just as the crucial moment of emotion or confrontation appears.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
May 23, 2013
[Burshtein has] reinvigorated a familiar narrative by painting it against an unfamiliar backdrop.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
May 21, 2013
The film isn't exactly rousing in its conclusion, but it's always respectful: a serious ethical inquiry into matters of women's choice, both imposed and seized upon. Check it out.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Diana Clarke
Village Voice
May 21, 2013
From the dense, textured carpet of her characters' emotions, Burshtein draws gorgeous threads and holds them to the light.
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
May 20, 2013
This romantic melodrama, written and directed by Rama Burshtein, has an irresistible allure despite its bathetic drift.