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Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

In Israel, where there is no such thing as civil marriage or civil divorce, only rabbis can legitimate or dissolve a marriage—and only at the request of a husband. This patriarchal loophole is explored by brother and sister co-directors Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz. Set entirely in the courtroom and waiting rooms of a rabbinical court, the story concerns Viviane Amsalem (Ronit), who spends five years trying to get divorced from a stubborn man who refuses to let her go. It's claustrophobic and talky and hardly anything happens (mirroring the slow march of justice), but the direction is surprisingly cinematic, and the actors are simply mesmerizing. 115 minutes Unrated.