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A Feature film by Amos Gitaï

Produced by MP Productions

Release in France : 01/09/1999

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Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producer :

MP Productions

Film exports/foreign sales :

Océan Films Distribution

Co-productions :

StudioCanal, Agav Films

French distribution :

Océan Films Distribution

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Meïr and Rivka still love each other passionately after ten years marriage but have had no children. This worries the rabbi of their community in Mea Shearim, Jerusalem's orthodox quarter. Meanwhile, Rivka’s sister Malka is in love with Yaakov, who has chosen to live outside the community, which is frowned upon. The rabbi intervenes, declaring that Malka must marry his own faithful assistant, Youssef, and that Meïr must divorce Rivka and marry Haya to insure his descent. Rivka moves out. Still in love with Meïr, she retreats inside herself. Malka finds another way out: rebellion.


A fundamental contradiction monotheist religions have in common is the role they allot to women. They must submit above all, to religious power exercised by men, to its rituals. I wanted to oppose this with strong female characters, women who question the legitimacy of decisions made by men carrying out religious commands. I tried to use my feminine side to portray two women, sisters, living in a quarter closed in on itself. I wanted to show their need for love, their compassion for each other and the limits their community imposes on such emotions.

Amos Gitaï - Director

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Full credits (10)

Executive Producer :

Michel Propper

Director of Photography :

Renato Berta

Press Attaché (film) :

Agnès Chabot

Production Designer :

Miguel Markin

Costume designer :

Laura Dinulasco

Screenwriters :

Jacky Cukier, Amos Gitaï, Éliette Abécassis

Sound Recordist :

Michel Kharat

Editors :

Monica Coleman, Kobi Netanel

Music Composer :

Louis Sclavis

Sales Agent :

Patrick Binet

Technical details

Feature film

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Sub-genre :

Psychological drama

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Coproducer countries :

Italy, Israel, France

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Nationality :

Majority French (Italy, Israel, France)

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Runtime :

1 h 55 min

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Audio format :

Dolby SR

Posters (1)


Festival Selections (10)

Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival - 2010

Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival (Brazil, 2010)


Amos Gitai Retrospective

Istanbul Film Festival - 2000

Istanbul Film Festival (Turkey , 2000)


Cinema, the Mirror of our Times - Human Rights

Rotterdam International Film Festival - 2000

Rotterdam International Film Festival (Netherlands, 2000)


Main Program Section Feature Films

Tokyo - International Film Festival - 1999

Tokyo - International Film Festival (Japan, 1999)


Cinema Prism

Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival - 1999

Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival (Brazil, 1999)


Panorama of World Cinema

Telluride International Film Festival - 1999

Telluride International Film Festival (United States, 1999)


Films selected

TIFF - 1999

TIFF (Canada, 1999)


Contemporary World Cinema

Montreal World Film Festival - 1999

Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1999)


Out of Competition

Cannes International Film Festival - 1999

Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1999)


Official Competition - Feature Films