A Price Above Rubies (1998)

A_Price_Above_Rubies“They wanted me to marry a great scholar and live a decent, spiritual, Jewish life” – Sonia

Number of Times Seen – 2 (26 Oct 2000 and 2 Feb 2015)

Brief Synopsis – A woman who feels trapped in her conservative religious lifestyle finds ways to express herself when she begins working in the outside world

My Take on it – This movie has a very interesting premise, but the fact that it is given from a very negative instead of unbiased perspective takes away from the impact.

As someone familiar with the Hassidic world, I agree that there are many aspects that seem unfair and unjust to someone on the outside.

This movie takes too many liberties snd takes things too far to the extreme, presenting them solely as fact which is largely incorrect.

I won’t bore you by explaining the flaws presented in the way the Hassidic society as a whole acts because thats not the point here.

Those, like me who are familiar with get a totally different viewing experience than those who only know this sect via the media.

This is all quite unfortunate, because the premise of a woman who feels trapped in her society and trying to find herself and a way out is a great one that had potential which was wasted here.

Bottom Line – An extreme look at a situation not explained well enough for those unfamiliar with the Hassidic lifestyle. Too many flaws get in the way of trying to tell an interesting story. Pity.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy


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