HomeFilmOn ScreenThe Women’s Balcony (Afternoon Movie)


The Women’s Balcony (Afternoon Movie)

A Movie in the Afternoon. Every Day.

New York Times & Los Angeles Times CRITICS PICK!
Israel’s #1 Film of the Year!

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.

"It's impossible to resist a film that has such rich characters, and makes a complicated subject both enlightening and entertaining."

David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle

"It sounds paradoxical, but it's often true that the more culturally precise a foreign language film is, the more universal its appeal becomes. This is very much the case with the charming but pointed 'The Women's Balcony.'"

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

"Emil Ben-Shimon's smart direction and Shlomit Nehama's lighthearted and topical script ensure the proceedings not only hit all the right notes, but also entertain while being respectful of religious traditions."

Nicole Herrington, New York Times

"While the mood is that of a gentle and affectionate comedy, the film makes some extremely sharp points about fanaticism, sexism masked as holiness, and tolerance among the faithful."

Sheila O'Malley, RogerEbert.com

Movie Info

DIRECTED BY Emil Ben-Shimon
96 MINUTES
IN hebrew WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

CINEMA ADMISSION:

REAL ART WAYS MEMBERS: $5
SENIOR & STUDENT MEMBERS: $4.50
REGULAR ADMISSION: $11
SENIORS (65+): $7
FULL-TIME STUDENTS (WITH ID): $7

REAL ART WAYS' FACILITIES ARE WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE. ASSISTED LISTENING DEVICES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE CAFÉ.