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“Emil Ben-Shimon’s smart direction and Shlomit Nehama’s lighthearted and topical script ensure the proceedings not only hit all the right notes, but also entertain while being respectful of religious traditions.”
– Nicole Herrington, The New York Times
“A charming, warm-hearted comedy.”
– Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
“An entertaining, feel-good comedy. You don’t have to be Jewish to love “The Women’s Balcony.”
– Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
“Viewers will leave the theater in a joyous mood.”
– Alissa Simon, Variety
“The most joyful, good hearted and charming film of the year!”
– Yair Raveh, Cinemascope
An accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a gender rift in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem, in this rousing, good-hearted tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power.
When the women’s balcony in an Orthodox synagogue collapses, leaving the rabbi’s wife in a coma and the rabbi in shock, the congregation falls into crisis.
Charismatic young Rabbi David appears to be a savior after the accident, but slowly starts pushing his fundamentalist ways and tries to take control.
This tests the women’s friendships and creates an almost Lysistrata-type rift between the community’s women and men. (Menemsha Films)