When the women’s balcony in an Orthodox synagogue collapses, leaving the rabbi’s wife in a coma and the and the rabbi in shock, the congregation falls into crisis.
Enter the young and charismatic Rabbi David, a can-do individual who teaches at a local seminary and takes on the congregation’s well-being as a personal project. Rabbi David is so eager to help he even offers to cut through the annoying red tape and supervise the rebuilding of the collapsed synagogue. “Thank the Creator,” he modestly tells the grateful congregants. “I am only the messenger.”
Discerning eyes will notice, however, that Rabbi David’s dress marks him as ultra-Orthodox, while the congregation, whose female members do not cover their hair, is what might be called modern Orthodox: definitely observant but without the accompanying zealotry. The Women’s Balcony is a rousing, culture-clash comedy. With rich characters and a thoughtful approach to timely themes, the film tackles complicated subjects with intelligence, compassion, and wit.
Israel / 96 minutes / subtitles / WATCH THE TRAILER
sponsored in part by the Jewish Theater of Bloomington
Fri and Sat, Oct Nov 3 and 4
The Paris Opera 7:30 @ IU Fine Arts Downstairs
The Women’s Balcony 8pm @ IU Fine Arts Upstairs
Sun, Nov 5
The Women’s Balcony 5:15 @ Bear’s Place – Last Chance!
The Paris Opera 7:45 @ Bear’s Place
*We are hosting occasional screenings this year at the IU Global and International Studies Theater which is in between the Fine Arts Building and the Wells Library, just inside the southeast entrance of the building.