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Sunday, April 16, 2023, 7:00 pm

Admission: General $15, Students and seniors $13

A childless young ultraorthodox couple faces a crisis after a traumatic treatment for barrenness. When the difference between good and bad is unclear, the family must deal with unresolved secrets that raise fundamental questions about religion and faith.

Barren is a memorable movie, presenting characters you believe in and care about as it gives moviegoers a look and insights into a way of life that some will find fascinating and others off-putting. It is a graceful, compelling look at a young ultra-Orthodox couple in Safed, as they suffer and work through a trauma. Beautifully photographed and acted, it presents the society in which the couple lives as complex and multifaceted, in contrast to the often-used approach that portrays religious life as uniformly repressive and the secular world as unironically positive.

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Country: Israel
Release Date: 2022
Time: 108 minutes
Genre: Drama
Language: Hebrew with English Subtitles
Director: Mordechai Vardi
Topics: Love, Orthodox-Haredi, Women in Israeli Society
Jerusalem International Film Festival 2022 - Nominee for Israeli Cinema Award