The Women's Balcony (Ismach Hatani) (2017) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Women's Balcony (Ismach Hatani) (2017)



Critic Consensus: With rich characters and a thoughtful approach to timely themes, The Women's Balcony tackles complicated subjects with intelligence, compassion, and wit.

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The women in an Orthodox Jewish community in Jerusalem are appalled when their synagogue gets a strict new rabbi who preaches rigid gender roles. The ladies soon decide to fight back against his ultratraditionalist beliefs, while raising money to repair the "women's balcony" in the synagogue. Evelin Hagoel, Igal Naor, Orna Banay, Einat Sarouf, and Avraham Aviv Alush star in this comedy-drama from director Emil Ben-Shimon.

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Orna Banai
as Tikvah
Einat Sarouf
as Margalit
Aviv Alush
as Rabbi David
Haim Zanati
as Rahamim
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The Women's Balcony overlooks nothing when it comes to addressing faith, segregation and sexism in a peppery, entertaining way.

July 14, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Subtly handled by director Emil Ben-Shimon and screenwriter Shlomit Nehama and rendered heartfelt and compelling by an outstanding cast.

July 6, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

In the end, the solution offered by "The Women's Balcony" to end the rancor feels unearned.

June 15, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

It's impossible to resist a film that has such rich characters, and makes a complicated subject both enlightening and entertaining.

June 14, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

With an eye for artful detail, director Emil Ben-Shimon orchestrates a resolution both plausible and jubilant.

June 13, 2017 | Full Review…

Director Emil Ben-Shimon creates a bustling sense of community and injects most scenes with a surprisingly breezy air.

June 8, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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