Film offers rare glimpse into Hasidic life

'Fill the Void' tells story of a young bride torn between love and familial obligations.

By REUTERS
September 3, 2012 11:20
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Cast of the movie 'Fill the Void'

Cast of the movie 'Fill the Void' 370. (photo credit: Tony Gentile / Reuters)

VENICE - Israeli director Rama Burshtein brings her own ultra-Orthodox community to the big screen in Fill the Void, a film about a young bride torn between love and familial obligations premiering at the Venice festival.

The film centers on Shira, an 18-year-old Hasidic girl who is thrilled about her forthcoming arranged marriage with a young man whom she has only briefly seen in a supermarket.

Tragedy strikes when Shira's older sister Esther dies giving birth, leaving the family crushed by grief.