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Year: 1999
USA: Kino International
UK: Downtown Pictures
Cast: Yae Labecassis, Yoram Hattab, Mettal Barda, Uri Ran-Klauzner,Yussef Abu Warda, Sami Hori
Director: Amos Gitai
Countries: Israel / France
Language: Yiddish (English subtitles)
USA: 110 mins
UK: 116 mins
UK Certificate: 15 for moderate sex and sex references
USA Release Date: 16 February (Limited Release - New York)
UK Release Date: 21 July 2000


Mea Shearim is an ultra-orthodox district of Jerusalem and the film is about the relationship between two sisters and three men and their dedication to their religion. One sister Rivka has been married to a very religious husband, Meir for 10 years but they have no children and the rabbi wants Meir to remarry a young woman who has better prospects of producing children. Her sister, Malka loves Yaakov but he has been banished from the community so she is married off by the rabbi to his helper instead.

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