THE WOMEN'S BALCONY takes what TrustMovies has long felt was a reactionary and backward idea of the Jewish faith (Orthodox style, at least) -- having the women sit in a separate balcony location, away from those more important males gathered downstairs -- and turning the need for a new balcony, once the old one collapses, into a feminist cause célèbre around which the women must unite or face further geographical estrangement from the men in the temple.
Shlomit Nehama and directed by Emile Ben-Shimon (shown at left), the movie posits a small, enclosed society -- all of which attends the temple -- in which, despite the woman wearing the pretty dresses, they also wear the pants.
From the film's start and throughout, though the men may appear to control, it's the women who call the shots -- but, as usual, in their own withholding or maybe passive-aggressive manner. This is all treated lightly and humorously, though how healthy it actually is over the long haul is another matter. Still, making the best of things ain't a bad idea, right?
Avraham Aviv Alush, above) is gorgeous enough to make one imagine he'll be some kind of romantic hero and maybe fall in love with the young pretty girl (Yafit Azulin) who so desperately wants a decent man.
The Settlers and the new Ben-Gurion doc at NYC's Film Forum for that).
Menemsha Films and running 96 minutes, the movie opens here in South Florida this Friday, March 10 -- in Miami at the AMC Aventura 24; in Ft. Lauderdale at The Classic Gateway Theatre and at The Last Picture Show, Tamarac; in Boca Raton at the Living Room Theaters and the Regal Shadowood 16 and at the Movies of Delray and the Movies of Lake Worth.
One of the stars of the film, popular actor/comedian, Itzik Cohen, shown at right, will fly in from Israel to meet moviegoers at all theaters for Q&A discussions on opening weekend, from March 10 through March 12
For the Q&A schedule, visit the movie's Menemsha Films website.