Unorthodox (review)

Unorthodox (review)
Unorthodox (review)
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This story takes place in 2 distinct locations (although it was shot almost exclusively in Berlin): A Hasidic neighborhood in Brooklyn, where a young woman endures an unhappy arranged marriage, and Berlin, where she flees to find her mother. To save the relationship and his dignity, her husband and a cousin travel to Germany to bring her back. In addition to an intimate portrait of this woman (beautifully created by Shira Haas), the film provides captivating insight into the rituals and relationships of this strict Ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect. Even though it’s based on Deborah Feldman’s memoir, the filmmakers have added a different outcome for this protagonist, which sometimes pushes credibility. Still, the performances and the cultural observations make this a compelling drama. (Netflix four 1-hour episodes in Yiddish and English)

 

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)
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