Starring: Hadas Yaron, Luzer Twersky
for language and brief graphic nudity.
Reviewer: Carol Hemphill
Meira (Hadas Yaron) is the wife of Shulem (Luzer Twersky), a Hasidic Jew. She complies with but feels confined by the expectations of the culture.
She is devoted to their baby girl, but secretly takes birth control to avoid more children. Also in secret, she plays records of provocative music that is forbidden by her spouse.
Felix lives nearby Meira’s Montreal neighborhood but is not part of the Hasidic community. He lives a marginal life, and is estranged from his wealthy and powerful father.
A few days after his dad’s death, an anguished Felix speaks to Meira in public. She does not reply. Even so, his attempt to communicate launches his eventual role as a guide between her orthodox community and the outside world.
Meira’s unhappiness had already set her on a collision course with change. Felix’s affection for her softens some of the blows that are to come.
“Felix and Meira” is quietly affecting. The self-discovery experienced by the title characters is uneventful but profound. Their experiences – and those of Shulem – are handled with respectful restraint by writer/director Maxime Giroux.
A true sadness results as Giroux’s characters follow their hearts, knowing all the while that the consequential pain will persist for years to come.