Fill the Void Synopsis
After her sister dies in childbirth, a Hasidic teen is pressured to marry her brother-in-law.
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Village Voice

By Diana Clarke
Burshtein's lush visual sensibility, and the subtle performances of the excellent cast, create an aching portrayal of longing and...
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The New York Times

By A.O. Scott
What the film makes clear, with unfailing sensitivity and wry humor, is that for Shira and her family the ordinary arrangements of living...
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The A.V. Club

By A.A. Dowd
Burshtein shoots in extreme shallow focus, framing her actors against a sometimes-blinding blanket of white fuzz. It’s a decision that,...
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Los Angeles Times

By Kenneth Turan
A transfixing, emotionally complex Israeli drama.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Burshtein keeps the camera tight on the faces of her actors in a way that succeeds at making visible the invisible heat between the...
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Boston Globe

By Peter Keough
Burshtein has achieved a gripping film without victims or villains, an ambiguous tragedy drawing on universal themes of love and loss,...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Nell Minow
A sympathetic, lay­­ered portrayal, rich with detail, that earns its more complex and resonant conclusion.
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By Ella Taylor
Burshtein refuses to engage with the culture wars that flare fiercely between secular and religious types in Israel; in fact she's trying...
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Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
The film isn’t exactly rousing in its conclusion, but it’s always respectful: a serious ethical inquiry into matters of women’s choice,...
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
An elegant miniature, Rama Burshtein's Fill the Void labors under a narrative inevitability, but it's artful work nonetheless.
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Fill The Void

By bkham84
A big void needed to be filled in this movie because very little ever takes place in this slow moving film. I did learn something about the Jewish tradition but found the movie quite boring otherwise....

Fill the Void

By viverrine
What a sweet movie this was! I loved it. It's about a Hasidic family that has lost a daughter, sister, wife in childbirth and how they cope with the loss and with the situations that arise due to...


By rweingard762
This would be an okay little one-hour TV program; but for a full screen movie theater, slow, very predictable and a waste of time and money. The acting was okay, but it looked like it was shot in a...

honesty and wisdom

By squarelakeconsulting
I loved it. It is a story within a culture, maybe a few generations after "Fiddler On The Roof". A culture steeped in tradition, wisdom, knowledge and doing the right thing. It taught me about...

Must see...

By izabellanesterenko
I like it. I think it's not movie for everybody but for somebody who want to think about whole situation...regardless it's ortodox jewish family or just happens around you....

Understand the way they are...

By SineWave
It's not easy to understand the way that Haredi Jews think, feel, act, live. After residing in the Haredi community in Jerusalem and New York City for a few years and studying in two yeshivas, a...

A surprising delight

By goldsteh
What an amazing story and movie. A must go!...

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Fill the Void

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Very good and leaned a lot....

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Rated PG | For Mild Thematic Elements and Brief Smoking