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The Secrets (Ha-Sodot)

Emotionally moving performances by Ardant, Bukstein and Shtamler in particular, keep you with this small but provocative film until the end. – Los Angeles Times

Synopsis The Secrets
DIRECTOR: Avi Nesher
France/Israel 2007 120min

JHB Sun 6th / 8.30pm Wed 9th / 7pm Sun 13th / 8pm
CT Sun 13th /8.30pm Thu 17th / 6.45pm Sun 20th / 8.15pm

Naomi, quiet and dutiful, with an enquiring mind and a brilliant command of the Torah, persuades her ultra-orthodox-rabbi father to send her to midrasha in historic Safed. Having delayed her inevitable marriage by a year, she and her fellow students, including the irreverent Michelle, submerse themselves in the study of the Kabbalah. Naomi and Michelle must look after the beautiful, mysterious and ailing Anouk (French star Fanny Ardant) that is troubled by her past. The girls clandestinely work on purifying their charge. The power of the tikkun they craft also draws Michelle and Naomi inexorably closer and soon boundaries are crossed and their future lies in the balance. Ostensibly about healing, this charming, yet bold film uses the girl’s affair to force them to discover their voices and choose a path within the strictures of orthodox culture.

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Awards The Secrets

  • NOMINATIONS: Israeli Film Academy Awards 2007
    • Best Actress (Ania Bukstein)
    • Best Art Direction (Yoram Shayer)
    • Best Costumes (Inbal Shuki)
    • Best Editing (Isaac Sehayek)
    • Best Music (Daniel Solomon)
    • Best Sound (David Lis, Israel David)
    • Best Supporting Actor (Adir Miller)
    • Best Supporting Actress (Michal Shtamler)
  • Awarded the coveted Panavision Audience Choice Award receiving the most votes from both Los Angeles’ and New York’s 23rd Israel Film Festival audiences.