An accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a gender rift in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem, in this rousing, good-hearted tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power. When THE WOMEN'S BALCONY in an Orthodox synagogue collapses, leaving the rabbi’s wife in a coma and the rabbi in shock, the congregation falls into crisis. Charismatic young Rabbi David appears to be a savior after the accident, but slowly starts pushing his fundamentalist ways and tries to take control. This tests the women’s friendships and creates an almost Lysistrata-type rift between the community’s women and men.
- Director: Emil Ben-Shimon
- Country: Israel
- Genre: Comedy | Drama
- Year: 2016
- Run Time: 01:36:00
- imdb Score: 7.8/10 (83 votes)
- Language: Hebrew
- Rating: Not Rated
- Cast: Avraham Aviv Alush, Yafit Asulin, Orna Banai
Hannah Brown - JERUSALEM POST
"A close-knit congregation fractures along gender lines after a catastrophe at their synagogue in this nicely observed dramedy."
Alissa Simon - VARIETY
" Nehama, who grew up in an Orthodox Jerusalem community like the one in the film, has said her goal was "to tell the story of the moderate people who are forced to deal with growing religious extremism," and "The Women's Balcony" definitely does that."
Kenneth Turan - LOS ANGELES TIMES
Nominated for 5 Israeli Academy Awards 2016
Toronto Int'l Film Festival 2016