Two Unmoored Souls Too Gloomily Drawn In 'Felix And Meira'

April 16, 2015 9:03 PM

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In the 2012 drama Fill the Void, Israeli actress Hadas Yaron was incandescent as an Ultra-Orthodox Tel Aviv girl who, following the sudden death of her beloved older sister, is pressured by rabbis and relatives to marry her brother-in-law in order to preserve family unity. She suffers agonies over the decision, but never doubts the legitimacy of the Hasidic community that sustains her.

That alone made Fill the Void an exotic flower among the handful of movies about Orthodox Jewish life, which almost uniformly favor escape from its rigid constraints. Felix and Meira, a respectful but long-faced chamber piece from French-Canadian director Maxime Giroux, is no exception. Beautiful ev...

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