Friday, November 24, 2017

A Movie You Might Have MIssed #69: The Women's Balcony

The women in an Orthodox Jewish community in Jerusalem are appalled when their synagogue gets a strict new rabbi. The ladies soon decide to fight back against his ultratraditionalist beliefs, while raising money to repair the "women's balcony" in the synagogue.
This film was a blockbuster in Israel and it isn't hard to see why. It is witty and intelligent while looking at realistic reactions to a complicated subject. Friendships are broken, marriages are stressed, and budding romances are tested as the moderate-extreme, male-female lines are drawn in this battle over something very dear to the hearts of all: how to practice their faith. However, it is all handled lightly and with good-natured humor.

One of the things I liked most was the sense of community and the ways the married couples interacted. It was interesting seeing how many universal themes there when looking at a situation about a foreign culture and different religion. That's because, of course, in the end we aren't all that different under the skin.

Perhaps the best praise I can give is that we all felt it was an equal to another favorite from Israel, Ushpizin. If you've seen that, then you know this is high praise indeed - and the sign of an entertaining film.

1 comment:

  1. Glad you liked it, the nuances of the different communities are so small. But when you are part of a relgious community - there are things you recognize no matter what. Really is a lovely little movie.

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