World Cinema Amsterdam | Internationaal filmfestival | 18 – 27 Augustus 2016

Gett, the Divorce Trial of Viviane Amsalem

RONIT & SHLOMI ELKABETZ | ISRAEL, FRANCE, GERMANY | 2014 | 115' | HEBREW, FRENCH, ARABIC WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

Gett 3

A gripping and breath-taking courtroom/divorce drama from the brother-and-sister duo Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz; also the third film in their trilogy about the marital troubles of Viviane Amsalem, played by Ronit Elkabetz herself. In the first instalment, To Take a Wife (2004), Viviane, mother of four, becomes increasingly estranged from her distant husband, but she doesn't leave him. In the second episode, 7 Days (2008), she has taken the step to live separately though everyone in the family resents her for it.

In Gett, Viviane finally attempts to obtain a divorce. This turns out to be virtually impossible: her husband who has to agree with the divorce categorically refuses to comply. Viviane has no choice but to turn to the religious court, as only the rabbis have the power to decide over marriage and divorce. She must persuade the rather women-unfriendly and shrewd judges to grant her a 'gett', a handwritten document that will terminate the marriage.
With razor-sharp dialogues, intelligent camerawork and a healthy dose of humour the directing siblings present Viviane's near-desperate fight against the thoroughly patriarchal Israeli judicial system. The sublime acting by Ronit Elkabetz, who has already been compared to Anna Magnani, completes the picture.

Distribution: from 4 September 2014, Cinemien.


Screenings
Venue: Rialto
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Venue: De Balie
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