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Fill the Void (2013)



Critic Consensus: Graceful, complex, and beautifully layered, Fill the Void offers a sympathetic portrait of an insulated culture by exploring universal themes.

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Eighteen-year-old Shira (Hada Yaron) is the youngest daughter of the family and is about to be married off to a very promising young man of the same age. On Purim, her twenty-eight-year-old sister, Esther (Renana Raz), dies during childbirth, leaving her husband to care for the child and postponing Shira's promised match. When the girls' mother finds out that Yochay may leave the country with her only grandchild, she proposes a match between Shira and the widower, which leaves Shira to choose between her heart's wish and her family's wish to keep the child with them. FILL THE VOID was the 2012 Venice Film Festival winner for Best Actress (Yaron), and has been selected as the Israeli entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards. It will also be featured in the Spotlight Program at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. (c) Sony Classics

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Raiza Israeli
as Aunt Hanna
Razia Israely
as Aunt Hanna
Renana Raz
as Esther
Yael Tal
as Shifi
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Critic Reviews for Fill the Void

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (34)

[Rama] Burshtein oppressively captures the claustrophobia of a close-knit community where every daily act - from opening a door to eating - is a religious ritual.

September 6, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

As opposed to the bleak view of sexual subjugation in Kadosh, Amos Gitai's 1999 film about Hasidic marriage, Fill the Void sees Burshtein fortrightly and wittily asserting that this is how her community lives.

February 6, 2014 | Full Review…

An intelligent and moving examination of the possibilities of personal freedom within the strict confines of religion and tradition.

December 16, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

There is perhaps something ultimately undeveloped about it, but the film is a well acted, well presented piece of work.

December 12, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Fill the Void is as well-versed in the rules of matchmaking as a Jane Austen novel, and it bends them as artfully as wicker.

December 12, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Its last five minutes are so extraordinarily enigmatic, you're certain the subject of innocence, guilt and attraction has been addressed on a deep level.

December 12, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fill the Void

Israeli powerhouse Rama Burshtein is the first female Orthodox Jewish director to make a film outside of the community, for wider distribution. She wrote and directed "Fill the Void," a film about the marital prospects of Shira, who realizes she wants to marry her sister's widower. Read more at

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


Yet another culture that I do NOT get. Poor, poor girl. This is a roughly made Hebrew film. Interesting to watch. Kind of slow...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


I feel that the film is definitely worth watching although some of the scenes and the ending seem to be end at the wrong moment; when you really want to find out what a characters says next or what he/she does. I suppose these could be only minor flaws in an otherwise fantastic film, but these details did make it anticlimactic for me. Perhaps this brings a welcomed ambiguity that is lacking so often in many films. Despite this, I cannot deny the emotional charge with which the leads bring to their performance. I keeps you captivated.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

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