Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (review)

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (review)
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (review)
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Since there is no such thing as civil divorce in Israel, the titular woman can only petition a panel of rabbis. This 2-hour film spends its entirety in a claustrophobic room during a 5-year series of hearings. It does offer some fascinating and frustrating insights into the culture and the directors have infused it with a stark artistic approach. However, your patience is also on trial: not only because the proceedings are so exasperating, but because the endless inflexible dialogue is, well, endless. If you have the patience to endure the droning tedium and a taste for austere foreign films, it might be worth a viewing. In Hebrew and French with subtitles. (Criterion Cinema only)

 

3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)

 

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