Purim

Directed by Rama Burshtein

Though she hasn't spoken to him yet, Shira (Hadas Yaron), an 18-year-old Hasidic Orthodox Jew in Tel-Aviv, has a good feeling about her future husband. Then her older sister Esther (Renana Raz) dies in childbirth, leaving their family heartbroken and Esther's husband, Yohai (Yiftach Klein), alone with a new son. Afraid that Yohai will marry again and move away with her grandchild, Shira's mother (Irit Sheleg) proposes a match between Shira and the widower.

Although the plot is ostensibly a will-they-won't-they, who-will-she-choose sort of romance, at its heart this is a film about grief. Every character carries it differently, from her mother, who becomes obsessed with keeping...

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