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The brother-in-law yeah assumes an affair. He reports back to the Jewish enforcers — his wife and the Rabbi. Mendel throws her out of the house without listening to her story.

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Sonia and Roman end up in bed — a one night stand, but one in which Sonia finally gets some satisfaction. They put red lipstick on Allen Payne. Guess brown lips were too scary for the moviegoing public in Apparently that was enough banishment for the erring Sonia, because Mendel apologizes and tells her she can see the baby in the evenings if she wants.

This counts as a happy ending for a woman who needs punishing for being independent but still needs to perform her motherly duties. In spite of its flaws from the perspective of , A Price Above Rubies is still a tale of female empowerment and liberation.

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It was fun to see actors as they were nearly 20 years ago, especially Kim Hunter who died at age 79 in Seeing a younger Kathleen Chalfant was a treat as well. Never heard of this either! BTW, the Indian man jewelry dealer? In Texas in the s, young schoolteacher Novalyne Price meets a handsome, eccentric, interesting young man named Robert Howard. He's a successful writer - of the pulp stories of 'Conan Textile company heir Wayland is accused of murder of a prostitute named Elizabeth, whose body was found cut in two in the park.

A Price Above Rubies (1998)

The murder is investigated by tough detective Kennesaw and A career woman reassesses her parents' lives after she is forced to care for her cancer-stricken mother. A teenager journeys through a series of foster homes after her mother goes to prison for committing a crime of passion. A committment-phobic man goes in search of a bride, including his fed-up girlfriend, to inherit his grandfather's one hundred million dollar inheritance. Two young girls start a band and open up a nightclub in town where the local kids can hang out and stay out of trouble, but they encounter opposition from local people who think rock is the The devastating legacy of a liaison between a concentration camp inmate and a Nazi doctor reflects on the lives of her sons.

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Beautifully photographed, this film's acting sparkles -- and renders a reasonably accurate portrait of an easily caricatured community. In a role played well before her current celebrity circa Jerry Maguire , Renee Zellweger establishes herself as a talent of unlimited possibilities. That she doesn't "look Jewish" by the stereotype does not make her less convincing The film's feminist perspective is gracefully realized without belittling all guys -- which greatly enhances the film's power!

And lowers my blood pressure!

While compelling in the early going, the plot becomes a bit overly complex. But the film remains very well worth watching throughout. Production design is exceptional! Those Orthodox Jewish critics who are angered by this film's portrayal of Jewish Orthodoxy might have us believe that the world of Orthodoxy is monolithically benign.

A Price Above Rubies (1998)

It is not. Traditional thought and practice -- orthodoxy in many settings -- has its beauties and strengths, and -- like most things human-- it has its dark, shadow side as well. I've personally experienced both the light and the dark, and know they both exist.

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For a very different, also wonderful film which depicts both light and shadow sides of American Jewish traditionalism, but less critical of Orthodoxy, try "The Chosen" adapted from Chaim Potok's book , with Robby Benson quite good in this film, to my surprise , Rod Steiger and Maximillian Schell. For me "The Chosen" is a "ten", and among my all-time top 10 films! Start your free trial. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet! IMDb More. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends.

Full Cast and Crew. Release Dates. Official Sites. Company Credits. Technical Specs. Plot Summary. Plot Keywords. Parents Guide. During sex, he turns off the light and thinks of Abraham and Isaac. Sonia's unhappiness makes her an emotional time bomb, and it is Mendel's older brother Sender Christopher Eccleston who sets her off.


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First, he tests her knowledge of jewelry. Then, he offers her a job in his business. Then, he has sex with her. It's rape, but she seems to accept it as the price of freedom.

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All I learned for sure about them is that the men wear beards and black hats and suits, and govern every detail of daily life according to the teachings of rabbis and scholars. The women obey their fathers and husbands, and the group as a whole shuns the customs of the greater world and lives within walls of rules and traditions. There is not a lot of room for compromise or accommodation in their teachings, which is a point of tension in modern Israel between Orthodox and other Jews.

Sonia does not find this a world she can live in. She is rebellious when her husband insists their son be named after the rabbi, rather than after Sonia's beloved brother, who drowned when he was young. She is opposed to the boy's circumcision "he's like a sacrifice! She is as resentful of Mendel's long hours at study and prayer as another wife might be toward a husband who spent all of his time in a bar or at the track.

And there is that unquenched passion burning inside of her.

In equating her sexual feelings with heat, Yakin unwittingly mirrors the convention in porno films, in which women complain of feeling "hot