Lemale et ha'halal (original title) deals with the struggles of a young Orthodox Jewish girl to make everyone in her family and in the same time, herself, happy. She was supposed to marry a young man but her sister dies at child
birth and her mother wants her to marry her brother in law, in order to keep him and her grandson close.
Rama Burshtein is the first Orthodox Jewish woman to direct a feature film and she also got a nomination for the Academy Awards with Fill the Void, which is her cinematic debut. The movie settings are low key and quite minimalist, the story is simple, believable and filled with subtlety, and the acting is stunning. Through the director's eyes, we catch a glimpse of the Orthodox Jewish community and their marriage traditions, something, we the ones outside their closed society, rarely have the chance to see. A definite must-watch for the curious souls.