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Reaching for Heaven

Three episodes from an Israeli TV series (2000) in which a talent agent suddenly embraces Orthodox Judaism, putting a strain on his marriage and his friendships. In the first segment his therapist wife, trying to follow suit, is frustrated in her attempt to bathe at the mikvah; in the second the son of a strict rabbi asks her for help in escaping his father's ironclad rules; and in the last the kids are rattled by their parents' impending divorce. The direction is pedestrian and the acting overwrought, but at least the show's creators, Shalom Mashiach and Assef Amir, are willing to tackle important cultural and political issues. Yankul Goldwasser and Ron Ninio directed. 80 min. (TS) (5:15)

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