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Kadosh (1999)

Not Rated | | Drama | 10 June 1999 (Israel)
Two sisters become victims of the patriarchal, ultra-orthodox society.

Director:

Amos Gitai
3 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Yaël Abecassis ... Rivka
Yoram Hattab ... Meïr
Meital Berdah ... Malka (as Meital Barda)
Uri Klauzner ... Yossef (as Uri Ran-Klausner)
Yussuf Abu-Warda ... Rav Shimon
Leah Koenig ... Elisheva (as Lea Koenig)
Sami Huri ... Yaakov
Rivka Michaeli ... Gynaecologist
Samuel Calderon ... Uncle Shmouel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Noa Dori Noa Dori ... Noa
Shireen Kadivar Shireen Kadivar ... Lexa
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Storyline

The year 2000 approaches in Jerusalem's Orthodox Mea Shearim quarter, where the women work, keep house, and have children so the men can study the Torah and the Talmud. Rivka is happily and passionately married to Meir, but they remain childless. The yeshiva's rabbi, who is Meir's father, wants Meir to divorce Rivka: "a barren woman is no woman." Rivka's sister, Malka, is in love with Yakov, a Jew shunned by the yeshiva as too secular. The rabbi arranges Malka's marriage to Yossef, whose agitation when fulfilling religious duties approaches the grotesque. Can the sisters sort out their hearts' desires within this patriarchal world? If not, have they any other options? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Goofs

The scene where Yossef the zealot prays loudly for understanding the Torah is completely preposterous. An Orthodox Jew would always pray silently, even when alone. To pray in such a boorish manner would only invite ridicule. See more »

Alternate Versions

The "Making of" featurette shows several scenes cut from the movie, including one of Rivka preparing a meal. See more »

Connections

Featured in A History of Israeli Cinema (2009) See more »

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Leolam vaed
by Yaakov-David Shperling, Amnon Fisher, Eran Levi, Yaron Ben Alexander, Pini Fridman
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Question the way women are treated in traditional religion?
18 October 2000 | by simonev45See all my reviews

I was very moved by Kadosh, which I think is a very fine movie. Some scenes are a bit sketchy, and I was puzzled by the ending. But the acting is superb and the story is deeply moving.

I walked away angry at the way women are treated in this ultra orthodox religious sect of Judaism, but it could have been an ultra religious Christian sect or some other religion - the point is that too many traditional religions treat women as seond class, oppressed persons.

Remember what Marx said: Religion is the opiate of the people. perhaps he was correct!


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Country:

Israel | France

Language:

Hebrew

Release Date:

10 June 1999 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Sacred See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$736,812

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$770,132
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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