Mae Whitman

Home entertainment: 'Gett' is a powerful critique of Orthodox family law

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

Music Box, $29.95; Blu-ray, $34.95

A simple divorce petition provides the foundation for riveting legal drama in Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz's work, the third in their occasional series about an Israeli woman (played by Ronit) trapped in a loveless marriage in a conservative religious community. Set almost entirely inside the courtroom — where the male judges barely acknowledge what the heroine wants — "Gett" is meant in part as a scathing critique of Orthodox family law. But the writing and performances are at the level of great theater, and the setting and situation are unusual enough to make even ordinary marital squabbles seem...