• Production: Cinema Post Production
  • Starring: Michaela Eshet as Rachel Gerlik, Hani Furstenberg as Tami Gerlik, Moshe Ivgy as Yossi, Maya Maron, Oshri Cohen as Rafi, Yehoram Gaon as Moshe Weinstock, Avi Grainik as Oded, Edith Teperson, Assi Dayan as Motkeh
  • Distributed By: Film Movement
  • Country: Israel

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Narrative | 2004 | 96 min.
Directed by: Joseph Cedar

Rachel Gerlik (Michaela Eshek), the widowed mother of two beautiful teenage daughters, who wants to join the founding group of a new religious settlement in the West Bank. She must first convince the acceptance committee that she is worthy, but without a husband finds it challenging. Her daughters feel alienated from her, especially her desire to move to the West Bank, and her daughter Tami (Hani Furstenburg) finds herself attracted to a boy named Rafi from a youth movement. But when an incident at a campfire spirals into malicious, untrue rumors about Tami, Rachel has to figure out how to save her daughters, save their future, and figure out how to move forward.

For more information visit the Israel Film Center

Critical Acclaim



Winner of six 2004 Israeli Academy Awards® including Best Film

*2004 -Israeli Film Academy - Ophir Award for Best Director / Best Film / Best Editing / Best Screenplay / Best Supporting actress (Hani Furstenberg) 
*2004 -Berlin Intl -Don Quixote Award - Special Mention - Joseph Cedar 
*2004 -Chicago - FIPRESCI award - Joseph Cedar

“A humane portrait of a troubled household and, by extension, a troubled country.

-Lisa Rose, Newark Star-Ledger

“Released as the settlements on the Gaza Strip were being dismantled, Cedar's film offers a refreshing new perspective of them and a sly critique of their origins.

-Ken Fox, TV Guide’s Movie Guide

“Succeeds because Cedar skillfully develops his narrative, and he is ably helped by a strong cast led by Eshet and fine production.”


-Eric Monder, Film Journal International

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