The Women's Balcony (Ismach Hatani)
The Women's Balcony (Ismach Hatani) (2017)

The women in an Orthodox Jewish community in Jerusalem are appalled when their synagogue gets a strict new rabbi who preaches rigid gender roles. The ladies soon decide to fight back against his ultratraditionalist beliefs, while raising… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 3, 2017
DVD Release Date: December 5, 2017
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With rich characters and a thoughtful approach to timely themes, The Women's Balcony tackles complicated subjects with intelligence, compassion, and wit.

Brad Wheeler
Globe and Mail

The Women's Balcony overlooks nothing when it comes to addressing faith, segregation and sexism in a peppery, entertaining way.

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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle

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

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Alison Gillmor
Winnipeg Free Press

The film has crafted an essentially benevolent comic universe where everyone is goodhearted - or at least, they are who they are, and there's not much to do about it.

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Peter Keough
Boston Globe

Subtly handled by director Emil Ben-Shimon and screenwriter Shlomit Nehama and rendered heartfelt and compelling by an outstanding cast.

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

With an eye for artful detail, director Emil Ben-Shimon orchestrates a resolution both plausible and jubilant.

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Danielle Solzman
Solzy at the Movies

The Women's Balcony is a feel-good, crowd-pleasing comedy that depicts what happens when extremism and traditional values collide.

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Pat Padua
Washington Post

In the end, the solution offered by "The Women's Balcony" to end the rancor feels unearned.

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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic

Director Emil Ben-Shimon creates a bustling sense of community and injects most scenes with a surprisingly breezy air.

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Margot Harrison
Seven Days

The Women's Balcony resolves its central conflict a bit too quickly and neatly, but the theme of battle for the soul of a community resonates - at least with many American critics, who have praised the movie's "universal" themes.

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