In Israel there is neither civil marriage nor civil divorce. Only rabbis can legitimate a marriage or its dissolution. But this dissolution is only possible with full consent from the husband, who in the end has more power that the judges. Viviane Amsalem has been applying for divorce for three years. But her husband Elisha will not agree. His cold intransigence, Viviane’s determination to fight for her freedom, and the ambiguous role of the judges shape a procedure in which tragedy vies with absurdity, and everything is brought out for judgment, apart from the initial request.
An Israeli actress, screenwriter and director, she had featured in several films, in TV series and on the stage before making a successful venture into direction, in 2004 codirecting her first film with her brother Schlomi, To Take a Wife, the first in a trilogy that concludes with Gett.
Schlomi started out as a cameraman and director of documentaries before moving to New York where he joined a theater troop for which he wrote, and performed in several plays. To Take a Wife was his first collaboration with his sister Ronit and marked his return to Israel, after 7 years in New York.
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Title in Original Version : Gett, The Trial of Viviane Amsalem