Synopsis: In Israel there is neither civil marriage nor civil divorce. Only rabbis can legitimize a marriage or its dissolution. But this dissolution is only possible with full consent from the husband, who in the end has more power than the judges. Viviane Amsalem has been applying for divorce for three years. But her husband Elisha will not agree. His cold intransigence, Viviane's determination to fight for her freedom, and the ambiguous role of the judges shape a procedure in which tragedy vies with absurdity, and everything is brought out for judgment, apart from the initial request.
Genre: Drama
Production: Music Box Films
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 15 wins & 16 nominations.
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115 min



I'm sad to say, Your Honor,

that the husband, Elisha Amsalem,

has refused to come to court

and to cooperate.

We don't even know his position

on my client's request

for a divorce.

She filed three years ago

and hasn't lived at home since.

For three years her husband

has kept silent

except once, when he visited her

after her brother's death.

What did he say then?

He asked her to come home.

- What was her response?

- She asked him for a divorce.

Mr. Amsalem,

don't you have an advocate?

No, Your Honor.

Would you like to grant her

a divorce?

No, Your Honor.

This woman has not lived at home

for three years.

Yes, Your Honor.

- Are you willing to take her back?

- Yes, Your Honor.

Do you suspect her of adultery?

- I can't hear you, sir.

- No, Honorable Rabbi.

- Your Honor...

- Silence, please.

Are you sure about this?

Yes, Your Honor.

Why don't you want to grant

this woman a divorce?

Viviane, come home, I beg you.

There's nothing out there...

We speak Hebrew in this court.

We must understand!

Come, let's forgive and forget.

The kids want you back, too.

Come home, Viviane.

We'll start all over.

She seems faithful.

She doesn't want him anymore.

Translate, don't interpret.

The children want her back.

Have all the kids left home?

All but the youngest,

who lives with his father.

And his mother abandoned him.

She sees him every day

and cooks him meals,

which her sister-in-law brings

when the father's not home.

And who takes care of this woman?

My client lives with her brother

and his wife as well as her sister...

They can all attest to her decency.

How has your client supported herself

since she left home?

My client has had a profession,

for over 20 years now.

She's a hairdresser.

Has her husband supported her

since she left home?

No, my client has supported herself,

and her children, by herself.

- So she's demanding alimony?

- No.

- So what does she want?

- A divorce.

Your Honors, she wants a divorce.

Mr. Amsalem, why are you refusing?

Your Honor, as you can see...

Quiet, please!

The question wasn't addressed to you.

Mr. Amsalem, answer the question.

Never, Viviane.

Never, Viviane.

Did the husband beat his wife

or treat her violently?

It depends on

what you mean by violence.

If you mean physical violence,

he didn't harm her.

He didn't harm her.

Did he provide for all her needs?

- That's debatable.

- Don't be smart.

Did he provide her with money, food?

My client lives separately.

Does the husband fool around?

Commit adultery?

No, Your Honor.

Does the husband have a deformation

that repels the woman?

No, Your Honor.

Did the husband threaten

his wife in any way?

Is the woman's life in danger somehow?

As I said, he hasn't spoken

with her for three years now.

For better or worse.

They haven't spoken for three years?

She won't speak to me,

I want to speak with her.

- So what are the grounds for divorce?

- She doesn't love him anymore.

- No grounds for divorce.

- They don't live together.

Rabbi De Medina ruled:

That 18 months apart

are grounds for divorce.

- There are grounds.

- No grounds.

That's an opinion, not a ruling.

Rule for "Reconciliation."


are you willing to take

this woman back

and give her another chance

to be a faithful wife and mother?

Yes, Your Honor.

I'm not going back.

I'm not going back.

We'll see about that.

He said, "We'll see about that."

Viviane Amsalem,

for three years

you've lived away from home,

and he wants you back.

I suggest you go home.

Please, try your very best

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Ronit Elkabetz

Ronit Elkabetz (Hebrew: רונית אלקבץ‬‎; 27 November 1964 – 19 April 2016) was an Israeli actress, writer and filmmaker. She worked in both Israeli and French cinema. She won three Ophir Awards and received a total of seven nominations. more…

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