RonitGettHeads Up: Gett is the culminating film in a trilogy, and even though the other two can be seen on DVD, Gett absolutely should be seen on a big screen if at all possible

Full Title = Gett: The Trial of  Viviane Amsalem.

Gett was the winner of the Ophir Award for Best Feature in 2014 from the Israel Film Academy. It is the third film in a trilogy written and directed by Ronit Elkabetz in collaboration with her brother Shlomi Elkabetz. Elkabetz also stars in the lead role of “Viviane Amsalem,” a woman from a large Moroccan-Israeli family who has been separated from her husband for years but is unable to obtain a “Gett” (a Jewish writ of divorce).

I saw Shivah (the second film in the trilogy) in 2009 when I named it one of my “Highly Recommended Features” in the 2009 Chicago FEstival of Israeli Cinema (see CFIC ’09). And after I saw Shivah, I went online to find a copy of the first film To Take a Wife. Both DVDs are now available on Amazon and both are excellent.

Opens tomorrow in NYC. Full review coming soon…


Top Photo: Ronit Elkabetz in a magnificent performance as “Viviane Amsalem.”

Bottom Photo: The 3-member Rabbinical Counsel empowered with deciding her fate.

Photo Credits: Music Box Films

Q: Does Gett pass the Bechdel Test?

Technically yes, but one of the main points of Gett is so show how constrained women are by the religious strictures of Orthodox Judaism.

Tags: Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, Ophir Award, Ronit Elkabetz

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