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  • Production: Marek Rozenbaum
  • Starring: Ronit Elkabetz, Simon Abkarian, Kobi Regev, Dalia Beger, Sulika Kadosh, Gilbert Melki
  • Written By: Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz
  • Distributed By: SISU
  • Country: Israel
  • Language: Hebrew

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To Take A Wife

Narrative | 2004 | 97 min.
Directed by: Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz

In 1979, Viviane, who is married with three children and is considering divorce, struggles to choose between tradition and inner dreams and desires. Her family attempts to persuade her not break strict Moroccan tradition by going through with her divorce of her husband Eliahou. But Viviane is ready to leave her old life behind to live a new life in modern Israel. To Take a Wife is a story of love and fear, of old and new, and examines the hard choices that must be made when forging a new path.

See more about To Take a Wife at the Israel Film Center

Critical Acclaim

"A chamber piece of all-consuming intensity, "To Take A Wife" features yet another brilliant performance by powerhouse actress Ronit Elkabetz in her co-directing debut. If Edward Albee were Jewish, this is the kind of family he would write about, with its practiced aptitude for mental torture. Elkabetz co-helms with her brother Shlomi, another novice, and together their razor sharp look at a marriage not so much frayed as eviscerated leaves the viewer emotionally exhausted. Venice screening received a standing ovation; festivals will be the first to jump, with arthouse buyers to follow."
--Jay Weissberg, film critic

Israeli Film Academy:
*Best Actress

Hamburg Film Festival:
*Critics Award

Mons International Festival of Love Films:
*Best Actor
*Best Actress

Thessaloniki Film Festival:
*Best Actor

Venice Film Festival:
*Audience Award
*Isvema Award

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