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Directed by Amos Gitai
Produced by Amos Gitai
Michel Propper
Written by Eliette Abecassis
Amos Gitai
Starring Yaël Abecassis
Yoram Hattab
Meital Barda
Uri Klauzner
Yussuf Abu-Warda
Music by Philippe Eidel
Louis Sclavis
Cinematography Renato Berta
Edited by Monica Coleman
Kobi Netanel
Distributed by Ocean Film
Release dates
June 10, 1999
Running time
116 minutes
Country France
Language Hebrew

Kadosh (Hebrew: קדוש‎) (lit. Sacred) is a 1999 film by Israeli director Amos Gitai. It was entered into the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.[1]


Kadosh is a bleak drama about the narrow Israeli secular perspective on the status of women in Haredi society. In the opening scene, Meir (Yoram Hattab), a caricature of a young Talmudic scholar, thanks God in his morning prayers for not being born a woman. At first, the marriage of Meir and his wife, Rivka (Yael Abecassis), appears tender and idyllic, but as the day progresses it becomes clear that Meir is obsessed with the fact that he is childless after ten years of marriage. Rivka's younger sister, Malka, marries Yosef in a match arranged by their parents, but loves Yaakov, a rock singer, who has abandoned the religious community.[2]


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  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Kadosh". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-10-06. 
  2. ^ Holden, Stephen (2000-02-16). "New York Times review". Movies.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2011-08-02. 

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