A Price Above Rubies

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Boaz Yakin a Sundance winner for Fresh wrote and directed this drama, set in Brooklyn's Orthodox Jewish community, about a young woman who harbors doubts about continuing to follow the path of her religion. Sonia Renee Zellweger gives birth to her first child. She wants to name the boy after her dead brother, but after an argument over the name, she resentfully defers to her husband, scholarly zaddik holy man Mendel Glenn Fitzgerald. Both are apprehensive over the child's circumcision. Hasidic traditions dictate ...
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Boaz Yakin a Sundance winner for Fresh wrote and directed this drama, set in Brooklyn's Orthodox Jewish community, about a young woman who harbors doubts about continuing to follow the path of her religion. Sonia Renee Zellweger gives birth to her first child. She wants to name the boy after her dead brother, but after an argument over the name, she resentfully defers to her husband, scholarly zaddik holy man Mendel Glenn Fitzgerald. Both are apprehensive over the child's circumcision. Hasidic traditions dictate their life, including aspects of making love which leave Sonia sexually frustrated. This leads her into an affair with Mendel's older brother, the materialistic Sender Christopher Eccleston, who offers her an opportunity to manage his neighborhood jewelry store. Against the wishes of Mendel, she accepts, displaying her flair for the jewelry business and establishing herself as a very good businesswoman. However, after she befriends sensitive Hispanic artist Ramon Allen Payne, a sculptor and jewelry designer, she upsets everyone, especially Sender, who bars her from the store. Forbidden to see her child, Sonia begins a confused, downward spiral. Shown at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival.
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All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
While the initial idea of casting Renee Zellweger as an Orthodox Jewish wife seems fairy ludicrous, her richly drawn, expressive performance is the chief selling point of this often overearnest but sometimes rewarding drama. The central story of the main character's desire to escape her passionless marriage and suffocating existence is older than the Bible, but Zellweger makes the role believable and noteworthy, and sidesteps many of the clichés a lesser performance might employ. Boaz Yakin has assembled a top-drawer cast besides Zellweger, but the film would have benefited from a tighter script and a resistance to creating soap opera (especially in the form of Zellweger's lover, played by Allen Payne). Director Yakin was greeted with jeers from the Brooklyn Hasidic community depicted in the film, presumably for casting Hollywood beauty Zellweger in the title role and bucking more traditional casting; upon release, even lukewarm reviews were quick to praise her solid portrayal.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/10/2012
  • UPC: 096009783396
  • Original Release: 1998
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  • Source: Miramax Echo Bridge
  • Time: 1:56:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Renée Zellweger Sonia
Christopher Eccleston Sender
Glenn Fitzgerald Mendel
Allen Payne Ramon
Julianna Margulies Rachel
Kathleen Chalfant Beggar Woman
Edie Falco Feiga
John Randolph Rebbe
Kim Hunter Rebbitzn
Jackie Ryan Young Sonia
Shelton Dane Yossi
Technical Credits
Boaz Yakin Director, Screenwriter
Douglas Aibel Casting
Lesley Barber Score Composer
Lawrence Bender Producer
Arthur Coburn Editor
Adam Holender Cinematographer
Joann Fregalette Jansen Co-producer
Dan Leigh Production Designer
Ellen Lutter Costumes/Costume Designer
John Penotti Producer
Leslie Rollins Set Decoration/Design
William Sarokin Sound/Sound Designer
David Wechsler Asst. Director
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
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Disc #1 -- Price Above Rubies
1. Chapter 1 [10:59]
2. Chapter 2 [10:59]
3. Chapter 3 [11:00]
4. Chapter 4 [11:00]
5. Chapter 5 [10:59]
6. Chapter 6 [10:59]
7. Chapter 7 [11:00]
8. Chapter 8 [10:59]
9. Chapter 9 [10:59]
10. Chapter 10 [17:08]
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