Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem


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Film Info
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Release Year:2014
Runtime:115 min.
Production Country:France
Original Language:Arabic
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Ronit Elkabetz
Simon Abkarian
Gabi Amrani
Dalia Beger
Shmil Ben Ari
Abraham Celektar
Director:Ronit Elkabetz
Shlomi Elkabetz
Produced by:Sandrine Brauer
Denis Carot
Shlomi Elkabetz
Marie Masmonteil
Screenwriter:Ronit Elkabetz
Shlomi Elkabetz
Cinematography:Jeanne Lapoirie
Editing By:Joel Alexis


Under Israeli law, a woman seeking to leave a marriage can only do so legally by a “gett” (divorce) granted directly from her husband. Vivianne’s emotionally detached husband refuses to grant the divorce, even though they have lived apart for years. She takes her plea to the rabbinic court, and finds herself faced with three more men intent on keeping her bound to the marriage. And the case drags on, year after year. This minimalist courtroom drama, brilliantly captured entirely in point of view shots, features an emotionally charged performance by Ronit Elkabetz, who also wrote and directed along with her brother Shlomi Elkabetz. Equally infuriating and spellbinding, “Gett” is an astonishing work of cinema.