Artikelnummer 6541

SHCHUR (1994) * with switchable English, French and Hebrew subtitles *

Directed by Shmuel Hasfari Written by Hanna Azoulay-Hasfari Produced by Yoram Kislev Hanna Azoulay-Hasfari as Rachel (nicknamed “Cheli”), a young Israeli television personality who lives estranged from her rural Moroccan immigrant family with her daughter Ruth. Orly Ben-Garti as Young Rachel. Eti Adar as Ruth, Cheli’s autistic daughter. Ronit Elkabetz as Pnina, Rachel’s troubled older sister. A dedicated practitioner of sh’chur who is institutionalized in young adulthood. Gila Almagor as Mother, the head of household and an ardent practitioner of sh’chur. Amos Lavi as Father (a.k.a. Eliahu Ben Shoshan), a patriarch who provides for the family despite being blind from birth. Yaacov Cohen as Shlomo, the oldest brother of Rachel who helps run the household. Orly Tovali as Miriam, the oldest sister of Rachel who moved away to an Orthodox yeshiva. Uri Banay as Avram, the middle brother of Rachel who is sent to live on a kibbutz. Esti Yerushalmi as Zohara, the middle sister of Rachel who is forced to marry her uncle Moshe, 20 years her senior. Albert Iluz as Moshe, a middle-aged uncle who lives with the family and to whom Zohara (middle sister) is wed

Cheli, a successful Israeli television personality, receives news that her father has died and she must immediately return to her childhood home for the funeral. She prepares for the journey and brings her young daughter Ruth, who is autistic. Along the way, Cheli is forced to pick up her older sister Pnina from the institution, where she has resided since young adulthood. As the three women make their way back to the town of Cheli’s youth, she is overcome with memories of her 1970s childhood. At 13, Cheli, then Rachel, was an ambitious young girl chafing at the role assigned to her in her Moroccan immigrant family. The family is dysfunctional and each sibling experiences trouble living up to its expectations. Her mother and older sister Pnina, who is both developmentally disabled and an extremely potent medium, attempt to remedy these problems with sh’chur (traditional magic rituals). Rachel’s brother, Avram, is put on leave from his kibbutz, which has threatened to send him to a psychologist for peeing his bed nightly. When her older brother Shlomo spots sister Zohara cavorting with a boyfriend, the family comes to the decision that it is time for her to be married. 

DVD-R is in Hebrew with switchable English, French and Hebrew subtitles. Approx. 97 mins. See film sample for audio and video quality!

play button