VIENNA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

VE LAKACHTA LECHA ISHA

V' 05

VE LAKACHTA LECHA ISHA

TO TAKE A WIFE

Shlomi Elkabetz, Ronit Elkabetz
Israel/F, 2004
Fiction, 97min, OmeU

VE LAKACHTA LECHA ISHA

Shlomi Elkabetz, Ronit Elkabetz
Israel/F, 2004
Fiction, 97min, OmeU

Actors: 
Ronit Elkabetz
Vivian
Simon Abkarian
Elyahoo
Gilbert Melki
Albert
Sulika Kadosh
Memé
Dalia Malka Beger
Dona
Kobi Regev
Eviatar
Omer Moshkovitz
Gavriel
Yam Eitan
Leor
Screenplay: 
Shlomi Elkabetz
Ronit Elkabetz
Sound: 
Yohai Moshe
Camera: 
Yaron Scharf
Editor: 
Joelle Alexis
Composer: 
Michel Korb

Production: 
Transfax Film Production 3 Yagia Kapayim Street 67778 Tel Aviv, Israel T 3 6871202 sales@transfax.co.il
World Sales: 
Transfax Film Production 3 Yagia Kapayim Street 67778 Tel Aviv, Israel T 3 6871202 sales@transfax.co.il
Format: 
35 mm
Color

Co-directed by Shlomi Elkabetz and his sister Ronit, To Take A Wife is a haunting, claustrophobic portrait of a loveless marriage held together in a vice of religious and social convention. In the confines of a small apartment building in Haifa, 1979, Vivian, an independent Moroccan Jewish woman, is surrounded by men from her family and community who desperately try to convince her that she doesnt need the divorce from her traditionalist husband Elyahoo that she craves. Vivian stays, but so does her pained expression. She attends to the demands of her four children, acts as hairdresser for friends and neighbours in her apartment building, and has cold, confrontational conversations with Elyahoo. When an old lover calls her, there is a suggestion she may escape the bland authority of her husband and the Israeli patriarchal society. Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz not only tell the story of their mother but with an emotional sincerity reminiscent of John Cassavetes, To Take A Wife is a startling, quietly devastating melodrama. (Michael Hayden)