A devout 18-year-old is pressured to marry the husband of her late sister.
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 desire to keep the child with them. (Sony Classics) In Hebrew with subtitles. FILL THE VOID was the 2012 Venice Film Festival winner for Best Actress (Yaron). It was also selected as the Israeli entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards.
“Fill the Void has been described as the first feature film directed by an Orthodox Israeli woman, and it is one of a small handful of modern movies that depict religious devotion from within.” (A.O. Scott, NY Times)