Emil Ben Shimon (2016)
Comedy, 96 min, Israel
V.O. Hebrew, English S.T.
Fédération Sépharade du Canada
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 a rift between the women and the men in the community.
“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