Little Jerusalem

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  96 min.
Release Date: March 24, 2006 (limited)
DVD: July 4, 2006

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Cast: Fanny Valette, Elsa Zylberstein, Bruno Todeschini, Hedi Tillette de Clermont-Tonnerre, Sonia Tahar, Michaël Cohen


Laura, an 18-year-old philosophy student, wants to get out from under the strict rules of her Orthodox Jewish family. Born and raised in Little Jerusalem, a Jewish district in Paris, she stubbornly rejects a handsome Jewish medical student from of a good family when her mother introduces her to him, for fear of ending up like her older sister Mathilde.

Mathilde, married with four children, is a devout Jewish wife who in the name of her faith and her social role, denies her sexuality and represses her feelings. Laura, who works nights as a cleaner, finds herself attracted to a Muslim Arab colleague, while Mathilde discovers her husband’s infidelity. His indiscretion hits her like a thunder bolt and leads her to seek, like her sister, a means of freeing herself.

Director: Karin Albou
Studio: Seville Pictures
Producer(s): Laurent Lavolé, Isabelle Pragier
Screenplay: Karin Albou
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