To Take a Wife

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To Take a Wife

by Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz




Directors: Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz


Script: Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz

Cinematographer: Yaron Sharf

Editor: Joël Alexis

Sound: Yochai Moshe

Music: Michel Korb

Cast: Ronit Elkabetz, Simon Abkarian, Gilbert Melki, Sulika Kadosh, Dalia Malka Beger, Kobi Regev, Omer Moskovich, Yam Eitan

Prod: Zanagar Films, Transfax Films

Sophie Dulac Distribution
60, rue Pierre Charron
F - 75008 Paris
Tel: 0033 1 44 43 46 00

Year: 2004

Screening: 2020

35 mm, Colour, 97 min,
OV Hebrew with French Subtitles

Haifa, June 1979. The story unfolds in Israel during the three days before the Shabbat starts. Once more, Viviane is about to leave her husband, Eliahou. Once more, her brothers manage to persuade her that her place is with her husband, her children and her family. Although she is tired of this existence that denies her dreams and rights, and weary of her husband who favours traditions to the detriment of their marriage, Viviane stays but she is at the end of her tether. At the same time, Albert, a man she had loved, comes back into her life. A man, who had been able, for too brief a time, to offer her what all the other men in her life had always refused to give her: the freedom to be herself.

This film is a portrait of a woman who tries to break down social barriers and fight for love, femininity, relationships and emotions that are stifled by daily routine and obligations.” Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz.

Agat Film & Cie,
Alma Films, Depo Film
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