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Yael and Shlomit are young, secular roommates in Tel Aviv who need a third woman to share their apartment; Malik, an Orthodox Jew, is the best of their choices, but she proves mysterious, and after doing a little spying Shlomit uncovers her secret. Dina Zvi-Riklas directed this low-key psychological and social drama (1998), whose finely tuned script and decent performances maintain a reasonable tension. But the video offers little sense of space or locale and, not surprisingly, no resolution to the almost unbridgeable gap between Orthodox and secular culture.

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