Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

Best Foreign Language Film
Golden Globes
Astonishing...[a] densely rich drama, told with stringent austerity but also humor and judicious empathy.


Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

An Israeli woman (Ronit Elkabetz) seeking to finalize a divorce (gett) from her estranged husband finds herself effectively put on trial by her country’s religious marriage laws, in this powerhouse courtroom drama from sibling directors Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz. In Israel, there is neither civil marriage nor civil divorce; only Orthodox rabbis can legalize a union or its dissolution, which is only possible with the husband’s full consent. Trapped in a loveless marriage, Viviane Amsalem has been applying for a divorce for three years but her religiously devout husband Elisha (Simon Ekbarian of CASINO ROYALE and PERSEPOLIS), continually refuses. His cold intransigence, Viviane’s determination to fight for her freedom, and the ambiguous role of the rabbinical judges shape a procedure where tragedy vies with absurdity and everything is brought out into the open for judgment.

Winner of the Israeli Film Academy Ophir Award for Best Picture and propelled by the craft of Ronit Elkabetz (LATE MARRIAGE, THE BAND’S VISIT), one of Israeli cinema’s most acclaimed actresses, GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM is an uncompromising, heart-rending portrait of a woman’s struggle to overcome an unmoving patriarchy and live a life of her own design.

Israel’s Official Entry for the 87th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film and a Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Film.
Hebrew, French, Arabic
Ronit Elkabetz
Shlomi Elkabetz
Ronit Elkabetz, Simon Abkarian
Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film, Golden Globes
Jay Weissberg, Variety

Siblings Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz bring their blistering trilogy of male domination in an Israeli family to a rewarding close with “Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem.” In this expertly written, brilliantly acted film, Viviane struggles against her passive-aggressive husband and the rabbinical ...

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