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Kadosh (2000)

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Rivka and Malka are two Orthodox Jewish sisters living in one of the most traditional communities in Jerusalem, and both are coming up against conflicts between their faith and their gender. Rivka and Meir have been married for 10 years, but are childless. Despite his real love for his wife, Meir feels he must follow tradition and take another, fertile wife. Meanwhile, Malka goes through with an arranged marriage, despite having fallen for a young student. When the realities of her enclosed world become clear to her, she is faced with a choice: to become just another womb, or to face leaving the only community she has ever known.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Studio:
Kino International

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Cast

Yssuf Abu-Warda
as Rav Shimon
Lea Koenig
as Elisheva
Sami Hori
as Yaakov
Yussef Abu Warda
as Rav Shimon
Rivka Michaeli
as Gynecologist
Amos Gitai
as Man in the Bar
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Critic Reviews for Kadosh

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (2)

An unforgettably emotional film, as the love between the lead characters becomes shot through with tension, guilt and jealousy.

Full Review… | April 29, 2003
Offoffoff

An incredibly sensitive Israeli film about the harsh effects of religious zealotry.

Full Review… | March 13, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

The emphasis of the film is on how the ultra-Orthodox Jews of that sect live by the letter of the Torah in everything they do.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Gitai handles his potentially melodramatic material with unfailing taste and compassion, encouraging his audience to think long and hard about the moral dilemmas his film intelligently explores.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Christian Science Monitor

A poignantly disturbing look at the social contradictions inherent in a lifestyle bound by religious duty.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Kadosh

½

Set in Jerusalem, Meir and Rivka are married and in love. They have been trying to have a child for years, but are unable to conceive. Meir receives constant pressure from his father to leave his wife, and marry a young woman whose purportedly 'fertile'. Meanwhile, Rivka's sister is in love with an outcast but is set to marry another. Malka hopes that her beloved Yaakov will be accepted before her arranged marriage, but is slowly realizing that it will not happen. As Rivka and Malka sadly brace themselves for the brunt of their troubles, their directions in life takes a sudden change for the worst. Yaël Abecassis, Yoram Hattab, Meital Barda, Uri Ran Klauzner, Yussuf Abu-Warda, and Sami Hori stars. Worthy!

Leo L
Leo L

Super Reviewer

An ultimately sad film, highlighting the subjugation of women within a certain Hassidic enclave in Jerusalem. The film itself is very slow, dark, and quiet. There are scenes of immense tenderness, particularly those between a childless husband and wife, deeply in love, but forced by their community to separate so that the husband can re-marry in an attempt to produce children. But, there are also scenes of fierce brutality and blatant ignorance dictated by an incomplete understanding of the purpose, and intent, of God's Laws. This is not easy to watch, and the sense of sadness that pervades never relents, but it is still fascinating.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

An ultimately sad film, highlighting the subjugation of women within a certain Hassidic enclave in Jerusalem. While maybe less than authentic, (how many Hassidic actors are there, and how many of them would agree to portray the intimate scenes depicted here?) the message that women are second-class citizens with no voice within their community is valid and bears investigation. The film itself is very slow, dark, and quiet. There are scenes of immense tenderness, particularly those between Meir (Yoram Hattab) and Rivka (Yael Abecassis), a husband and wife, deeply in love, but forced by their community to separate so that Meir can re-marry in an attempt to produce children. But, there are also scenes of fierce brutality and blatant ignorance dictated by an incomplete understanding of the purpose and intent of God's Laws. This is not easy to watch, and the sense of sadness that pervades never relents, but it is still fascinating.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

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