Barren

  • Israel
  • Feature
  • 2022
  • 108 min.
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Barren

  • Israel
  • Feature
  • 2022
  • 108 min.

Synopsis

Feigi and Naftali are a young childless ultraorthodox couple living with Naftali’s parents. Naftali travels to Ukraine to pray for a child during the holiday at Rabbi Nachman’s grave. During Naftali’s absence a guest is invited to stay for the holiday with the family, he introduces himself as Rabbi Eliyahu the barren healer. Using Feigi’s trust and desire for a child he rapes her claiming it is part of her barren treatment. When Naftali returns, the couple face a difficult crisis, which raises fundamental questions about faith and trust.

Credits

Director(s)

Mordechai Vardi

Producer(s)

Haggai Arad, Aharon Peer, Elad Peleg

Script

Mordechai Vardi

Cinematography

Uri Ackerman

Cast

Mili Eshet, Yoav Rotman ,Ilanit Ben Yaakov, Nevo Kimchi, Gil Frank

Original Language

Hebrew

Subtitles

English

Festival Highlights

Jerusalem International Film Festival, Israel , Israeli Competition , 2022

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Estonia , 2022

International Film Festival of India, India , Official Selection , 2022

  • Vardi's tendency to put marginalized characters in front of the camera gets a sensitive and beautiful expression this time as well.
    Netanel Shlomovich, Haaretz

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