Not often I become so immersed in or touched by a film. A mini series in four parts ,from Netflix.
I'm starting this thread because I think the topic and how it is portrayed may be of interest to anyone who has ever wondered about the world of the ultra orthodox Jew . Initially, it may trigger ridicule, even mirth. Stick with it and you may be rewarded with something I find too rarely; perhaps a little understanding of and even compassion for a courageous young woman and a very different group of people. Or not.
The group of people are a community of ultra orthodox Jews in New York. It was foundedT by a group of Holocaust survivors just after WW2. They live and work in one area/suburb of New York
The protagonist is a young woman trapped and stifled in an arranged marriage. She leaves without telling anyone and goes to Berlin, where her estranged mother is living.
Based on a true story, with the author consulting. The film tells of this remarkable young woman's new life journey and of the effect her leaving has on herself, her husband, family and welded-together community .The film was shot in New York and in Berlin .The lead, Shira Haas is a terrific Israeli actor and the supporting cast is outstanding .
Worth watching if only to have glimpse of a world few outsiders ever get. Or even as a cautionary tale about what rigid and dogmatic religious beliefs can do to people. *** And what such a community can do to the individual, both positively and negatively.
I'm be most interested in any comments from anyone else who has seen this miniseries.
***this community lives by the Law of Moses, the 613 commandments known collectively as the Mitzvot. These commandments control every aspect of daily life, from birth to death and everything in between . The rules marital sex are mind boggling. Esty's wedding is shown in some detail and is also mind boggling to watch.
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