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A Feature film by Amos Gitaï

Produced by MP Productions

Release in France : 01/09/1999


    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.

    Actors (8)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    MP Productions

    Foreign production company :

    Agav Hafakot

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    French distribution :

    Océan Films Distribution

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    International releases (15)

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    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

    Full credits (13)

    Executive Producer :

    Michel Propper

    Screenwriters :

    Jacky Cukier, Amos Gitaï, Éliette Abécassis

    Co-producer :

    Laurent Thiry

    Sound Recordist :

    Michel Kharat

    Editors :

    Monica Coleman, Kobi Netanel

    Music Composer :

    Louis Sclavis

    Sales Agent :

    Patrick Binet

    Producer :

    Laurent Truchot

    Foreign Producer :

    Roberto Cicutto

    Director of Photography :

    Renato Berta

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Agnès Chabot

    Production Designer :

    Miguel Markin

    Costume designer :

    Laura Dinulescu

    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 :

    50% 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

    Göteborg Film Festival - 2000

    Göteborg Film Festival (Sweden, 2000)


    Films selected

    Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) - 2000

    Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) (The 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