• Released
  • May 24, 2013
  • (LA, NY Limited)
  • PG , 1 hr 30 min
  • Drama
  • 63 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: After her sister dies in childbirth, a Hasidic teen is pressured to marry her brother-in-law.

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Critic Ratings

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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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100

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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91

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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90

Los Angeles Times

By Kenneth Turan
A transfixing, emotionally complex Israeli drama.
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88

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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88

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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88

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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85

NPR

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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80

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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75

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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Rated PG | For Mild Thematic Elements and Brief Smoking