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Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem(גט - המשפט של ויויאן אמסלם)

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Israel, France, Germany · 2014
1h 55m
Director Shlomi Elkabetz
Starring Ronit Elkabetz, Simon Abkarian, Menashe Noy, Gabi Amrani
Genre Drama

The gripping story of Viviane Amsalem’s five-year fight to obtain her divorce from a loveless marriage in front of the Rabbinical Court. Under Isreali law, the Rabbinical is the only court with the authority to dissolve a marriage, and it can only do so with the husband’s consent.

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The A.V. Club by

All the performers are superb, though as the title suggests, this is Viviane’s show, and Ronit makes for an exceptional martyr (she gets a Passion Of Joan Of Arc-worthy close-up or two) who never loses her very human shadings.


Los Angeles Times by Betsy Sharkey

The tragedy here is not a single story but that a process so inequitable and so inane continues in a place that is considered to be enlightened. Gett, in moving and infuriating ways, exposes a very bleak corner of that world.


New York Magazine (Vulture) by David Edelstein

The brilliance of Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem is that, without a shift in tone, the film begins to seem like a tragedy populated by clowns, its males clinging to ancient laws to compensate for feebleness of character.


Slant Magazine by Elise Nakhnikian

The courtroom's cramped, near-featureless air of bureaucratic stagnation becomes oppressive even for the audience, making it easy to identify with Viviane's growing hunger for freedom.


Variety by Jay Weissberg

The beautifully modulated script, ripe with moments of liberating humor, builds to a crescendo of indignation, allowing Elkabetz several cathartic outbursts, but they’re no more riveting than the actress’ silences.


Time Out by Joshua Rothkopf

The acting, especially from Menash Noy as an ineffectual attorney, is phenomenal, resulting in a feminist knockout told in inverse.


The Dissolve by Noel Murray

The Elkabetzes don’t need the audience to have any firsthand experience of what Viviane and Elisha are actually like at home. Gett works better if the viewer has to puzzle out the truth from testimony, asides, and outbursts.

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