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Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2014)

Gett (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 25 June 2014 (France)
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After a lukewarm marriage of over twenty years, a woman appeals to her husband's compassion to obtain the desirable divorce document in front of a court, which proves to be more challenging than she would expect.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ronit Elkabetz ... Viviane Amsalem
Simon Abkarian ... Elisha Amsalem
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gabi Amrani ... Haim
Dalia Beger ... Donna Aboukassis
Shmil Ben Ari ... Ya'akov Ben Harouch
Abraham Celektar ... Shmuel Azoulay
Rami Danon ... Rabbi Danino
Sasson Gabai ... Rabbi Shimon
Eli Gorenstein ... Head Rabbi Salmion (as Eli Gornstein)
Evelin Hagoel ... Evelyn Ben Chouchan
Albert Iluz ... Meir
Keren Mor ... Galia
Menashe Noy ... Carmel Ben Tovim
David Ohayon David Ohayon ... David
Roberto Pollack ... Rabbi Abraham (as Roberto Pollak)
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In Israel there is neither civil marriage nor civil divorce. Only rabbis can legitimize a marriage or its dissolution. But this dissolution is only possible with full consent from the husband, who in the end has more power than the judges. Viviane Amsalem has been applying for divorce for three years. But her husband Elisha will not agree. His cold intransigence, Viviane's determination to fight for her freedom, and the ambiguous role of the judges shape a procedure in which tragedy vies with absurdity, and everything is brought out for judgment, apart from the initial request. Written by Directors' Fortnight

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25 June 2014 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Israel

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,210, 15 February 2015

Gross USA:

$988,150

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,259,160
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1.85 : 1
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Ronit Elkabetz's final film before her death. See more »

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Vivian wears only one big ring on her forth finger of her left hand throughout most of the movie. Somewhere in the middle of the movie, Vivian is shown sitting at the bench in the "court" and there is also a second ring on her second finger. See more »

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Viviane Amsalem: Why are you making me run around in circles? Why, Your Honor? Why? Why have I come in and out for years now and nothing's changed? Why? You can't force him to divorce nor to appear, and you can't this or that, and what about me? When will you see me? When I'm too exhausted to stand before you? When? If it were up to you, it could go on for 10 years. I could drop dead in front of you and all you'd see was him! But nobody is above the law. There's a God and there's justice and He'll judge you as ...
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Emotionally powerful depiction of the true "desperate housewives"
25 March 2015 | by vsksSee all my reviews

The Israeli movie Gett is the story of Viviane Amsalem and her five-year struggle to obtain a divorce (gett) through Israel's Orthodox rabbinical courts. The only roadblock: her husband says "no," and under Jewish religious law, a divorce cannot be granted unless the husband agrees. The entire movie takes place in the courtroom and just outside it, as witnesses come and go and the couple and their lawyers face off, in confrontations that rapidly switch between absurdity and tragedy. This may sound as if there's not much action, but there is plenty going on emotionally. Except for the lawyers' confrontations, much of the power of the film comes from the way feelings simmer (mostly) below the surface, through the outstanding performances by the wife (played by Ronit Elkabetz) and husband (Simon Abkarian). He is torturing her in front of the three rabbis who serve as judges, who alternately don't see it, don't acknowledge it, and don't act when they do. This also makes the film a cautionary tale about the difficulties of male-dominated religious courts, intent on shoring up a patriarchic system and oblivious to individual and women's rights. Not surprisingly, in real life, Israel's rabbinic judges claim the movie misrepresents them, which, as Israel's oldest daily newspaper Haaretz says, "misses the underlying point: that the rabbinical courts will not approve a divorce unless the man agrees to it," citing a 2013 survey that one in three women seeking divorce in Israel is "subject to financial or other extortion by her husband." The term for these truly "desperate housewives" is "chained women." Lest you think these difficulties are confined to the Jewish State or some historical period, in 2013 in New York, criminal prosecutions resulted when rabbis kidnapped and tortured several estranged husbands to persuade them to approve their divorces. (Although the United States regulates marriage, divorce, and remarriage through the secular laws, for these proceedings to be religiously recognized, Orthodox Jews must also have them approved in rabbinical courts.) Elkabetz and her brother Shlomi directed the film, which was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards and won the Israeli Film Academy Ophir Award for Best Picture.


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