• 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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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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Rated PG | For Mild Thematic Elements and Brief Smoking