Gett: The Trial Of Viviane Amsalem

The characters of Viviane and Elisha were first seen in “To Take a Wife” and in “The Seven Days.” With “Gett,” they’ve returned to a tighter focus, crafting each shot as if it were being seen from another character’s gaze. Familiarity with the earlier films isn’t a requirement for comprehending what’s happening, or why. More vital as background info is the fact that Israel doesn’t have civil marriage or divorce: Matrimony is controlled by the Orthodox rabbinate, which decides who can get hitched or unhitched.

In this expertly written, brilliantly acted film, Viviane struggles against her passive-aggressive husband and the rabbinical judges to legally end her marriage (a “gett” is a divorce document, obtainable in Israel only by going through religious courts), but the process takes years thanks to a bias that keeps women shackled to their husbands. Set entirely in the courtroom and judiciously alternating between scathing drama and bitter comedy, “Gett” documents the painful five-year process for one woman attempting to obtain a divorce…

Jay Weissberg, Variety

Almanya Fransa İsrail

Ronit Elkabetz
Zkrnakm Elkabetz

Jeanne Lapoirie

Elzevir et Compagnie

Eli Gorstein
Gabi Amrani
Menashe Noy
Rami Danon
Ronit Elkabetz
Sasson Gabay
Simon Abkarian

Audience Award
Best Actor Jerusalem
Best Film
Best Israeli Feature
Best Supporting Actor Israeli Film Academy Awards

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