The Women's Balcony
ComedyDrama, 96 minutes, Herbrew, NR
Weekend of September 15 | FRI 5:30 | SAT 1 & 7:30 | SUN 3 & 6
On the day of Osher’s bar mitzvah, the men look up adoringly at the women’s balcony where their wives, daughters, sisters, cousins, and grandmothers are gathered. Then disaster strikes: the floor under the balcony gives way, leaving several people injured and one comatose.
When Rabbi David arrives, the congregation gathers around him now that their elderly rabbi is distraught and confused in the wake of the accident. Taking advantage of his new-found authority, he insists that the men have not done enough to ensure their women’s modesty, and that the balcony tragedy is a divine warning to that effect.
This leads to a clash with Osher’s grandmother Ettie, a pious woman who cannot accept the notion that God demands blind subjugation. Ettie and her friends raise money to restore the women’s balcony, but Rabbi David decides to distribute those funds elsewhere. A feud breaks out, driving a wedge between husbands and wives — one that they can only repair by coming together in faith and harmony.