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Kadosh (1999)

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Release Date
 USA: Sep 4, 1999
DVD Release Date
 R1: Nov 28, 2000

Running Time
1 hour, 50 minutes

Country France, Israel

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• Sacred (1999)

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Genre: Drama, Experimental, Religion, Infidelity

Plot: With KADOSH (meaning Sacred) director Amos Gitai paints a powerful picture of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Jerusalem's isolated Mea Shearim district. KADOSH follows two sisters through two events initiated by the community's Rabbi: an arranged marriage and an arranged divorce. Although Malka (Meital Barda) is in love with Yaakov (Sami Hori), who broke his connection to Orthodox Judaism when he joined the army, she consents to marrying the man to whom the Rabbi has willed her, and she quickly finds herself trapped in a miserable, abusive relationship. Meanwhile, Malka's sister Rivka (Yael Abecassis), is forced to end her 10-year marriage to Meir (Yoram Hattab), because she has not fulfilled her obligation to bear him a child. The film presents difficult issues both about the way that women are devalued and mistreated in this community, and about the extent to which the rigors of this traditional faith prohibit any experience of the outside world. At the same time, Gitai's fly-on-the-wall approach allows the viewer to carefully observe the rituals, beliefs, and relationships in this ultra-Orthodox world, and understand more about a culture that was essentially lost to the Holocaust, but that is preserved in Mea Shearim.

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 Directed by
Amos Gitai
11'09''01 - September 11, Kippur, Free Zone
 Written by
Amos Gitai
11'09''01 - September 11, Kippur, Free Zone
Yoram Hattab
Kippur, Nina's Tragedies
Meital Barda
Kippur, SuperTex
Uri Klauzner
Kippur, Free Zone, Hesder, Ha-
Yussuf Abu-Warda
Kedma, Urs al-jalil, Promised Land
Leah Koenig
Melech Shel Kabzanim
Sami Hori
The Order
Rivka Michaeli
Haïm Ze Haïm
 Music By
Philippe Eidel
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Louis Sclavis
It All Starts Today, Life Kills Me, Mirek n'est pas parti

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