Flash Movie Review: Fill the Void

Where yesterday’s movie review talked about the internal struggle between the heart and the mind, today’s movie made me think about the external forces one could face regarding love. I find it perplexing when I hear people say, “He comes from a good family” or “You cannot marry someone outside your faith.”  What do these things mean? To me being able to say, “I love you,” is one of the most profound statements a human being can say. It supersedes what anyone else has to say on the subject. Looking at relationships historically, marriages were arranged for various reasons. In some cases families were joined for political reasons, while others were done simply to combine farmlands. In this quiet drama the attempt to join two people in marriage was done, in my opinion, for selfish reasons. Yiftach Klein (Policeman, Noodle) played Yochay, the brother-in-law of Shira, played by Hadas Yaron (Out of Sight). When Yochay’s wife (Shira’s sister) died during childbirth; Shira’s mother Rivka, played by Irit Sheleg (Night Terrors, Abba Ganuv III), suggested Shira marry her brother-in-law and become a mother for the new born baby. On one level the story made me uncomfortable; however, when I viewed the movie as a glimpse into a family’s struggle between old world traditions and modern independent thinking, I was able to see it as a historical study. This film festival winner provided a peek into an ultra-Orthodox Hasidic community in Tel Aviv Israel. The acting was well done by Hadas and Yiftach, as they used their bodies to convey the enormous pressures being placed on them. However, there was a negative side in focusing on the physical. I wished there had been more verbal interactions between the characters because I found myself getting bored. Gratefully the filming had a stark, sharp look to it. The way Shira’s pale whiteness contrasted with the darkly clothed men around her was interesting to watch. It may be due to my feelings about love being a personal thing, but I found this film to be somewhat sad. It is already hard enough when the heart and mind wrestle over the direction of love; but then adding outside influences creates a bigger challenge. Hebrew with English subtitles.


2 1/2 stars

About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on June 21, 2013, in Foreign and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Hi, I am not sure if you ever reviewed or watched “Chasing Ice” but I just posted a review of this amazing documentary that is anything but dry! It is about the global warming effect on many areas of the world, but specifically an Extreme Ice Survey team from Boulder, CO went to Greenland and managed to capture major loss of ice in beautiful footage. The song “Before My Time” won Best Song at Academy Awards, 2012 and the Sundance Film Festival Best Documentary. I am enjoying following your blog!

    • Yes, I saw and reviewed that gorgeous film Chasing Ice. You are so right; it was an amazing film. Thanks for coming by to leave your comments. Keep on posting.

  2. Oh this looks good. I watched Letters From Iwo Jima last weekend. I did a search, but it didn’t look like you have done a review on it. I was curious to see what you thought.

    • I saw Letters From Iwo Jima when it came out a long time ago. I would need to rent it so I could watch it with my reviewer’s mind.

      • You keep talking like that and someone is going to think you have multiple personalities! LOL I’m trying to remember to check your blog after I’ve seen some movies to see if you have reviewed them.

  3. Thanks for putting this film on my radar. It’s a type of film–getting intimately involved in another culture–that I enjoy.

  4. This looks really good. I have to try to find it.

  5. Hola buenas tardes.
    Agradecida por tu visita a mi blog.
    Te deseo una hermosa jornada.

  6. Not sure how you came across my blog, it is really nothing more substantial than a daily rant , sure think I will enjoy yours though so TY.

  7. An interesting review, that didn’t really draw me to the film as it reinforced my impressions formed just reading about the outline story for this film that I saw in the press. Then I watched the trailer, and despite the language and culture of the film being unappealing to me, the music and the scenes shown drew me in. Will I watch it? Very probably!

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