I very much enjoyed this film and its portrayal of the complexities of relationships (variously familial, marital, romantic, and religious) within a very conservative community, precipitated by the death of a beloved and respected rabbi, and the return of his estranged (from both him and the community) daughter who was not told of his being unwell until after his death. Like many rewarding films it is a story of redemption, and of new understanding. I also liked how it was often quite subtle; if one did not know that Orthodox men are supposed to have no physical contact of any sort with women to whom they are not married or closely related, or that Orthodox women must either keep their hair covered with scarves or hats, or wear wigs, one would have to deduce that from watching the film carefully. Great movie all round.

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