, which played at the Maryland Film Festival this year-and makes it worthy of being the official Oscar submission for Israel-is writer and director Rama Burshtein's decision to tell the story within a Tel Avivian community of Orthodox Hasidic Jews. The yarmulke-wearing, bearded men gather for rituals like Purim, where they chant scripture and drink too much wine while their wives and daughters roll their eyes and chat quietly in the next room. Men and women are segregated in general, unless they are family, and marriage matches are conducted strictly-arranged by a matchmaker, negotiated by parents, approved (or not) by the couple after an interview, blessed (or not) by the rabbi. But silly teenage girls still dream about falling in love at first sight, and men are still prone to say stupid things when they're drunk. And the grief of losing a beloved family member still weighs heavily on the people who loved her. Burshtein's goal with the admittedly Austen-esque film was to tell a love story within her own culture that showed all its rules and boundaries but also honestly depicted the humanity of people in Orthodox communities-which is what saves the film from becoming two-dimensional.