With all the hoopla about “The Great Gatsby” as the great American love story, let me suggest that the intimate Israeli foreign film “Fill the Void” goes a longer way to presenting romance to viewers.
Instead of “Gatsby’s” huge aerial shots in 3D that almost make you dizzy and frenzied screaming in a hotel room, Rama Burshtein’s “Void” captures an intimate story that is about the emotions confronting a young Orthodox woman faced with a romantic dilemma.
Shira, the film’s protagonist, is an 18-year-old Orthodox Hassidic girl who faces quite an unusual problem. She is matched with a young Orthodox man, as is the custom in their community, but when her older sister dies in childbirth Shira’s world is turned around.
She is not only overcome with grief but faces the...