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2012 / USA / 18 Minutes / Susana Darwin

Film Synopsis

Nadine, a secular Jewish lesbian, meets Orthodox Miriam though Miriam’s children. Nadine wants to cultivate her Jewish identity, where Miriam is dealing with doubts about her place in the world after her husband has left her. Their friendship grows and the chemistry between the women takes weight. Miriam’s estranged husband knows Nadine as a fellow lawyer and tries to steer Miriam clear of her. Miriam surprises him and Nadine both by filing for civil divorce. While observing the ritual at Sabbath’s end, Nadine and Miriam confront the desire between them. Miriam is finally unwilling to depart so radically from her faith, community, family, and vision of her life, even though she remains aware of her feelings for Nadine.