Unorthodox

Series | English, Yiddish, German with English subtitles | 1 season (4 episodes). Each episode is between 50 and 60 minutes | Release Date: 2020

Info

Esther (“Esty”) is a 19-year old woman feeling trapped in an unhappy marriage and living in a suffocating ultra-orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn. Her prearranged marriage to Yanky is just not working out. Esty also encounters the wrath of her mother-in-law because after one year of marriage she is still not pregnant. Enough is enough for Esty! With a little money and a passport she secretly flies to Berlin where her estranged mother lives. When Esty’s Rabbi hears of her defection,  he is furious. The Rabbi orders Yanky and his thuggish cousin Moishe, to fly to Berlin, find Esty, and bring her back home. But Esty is  adjusting to life in Berlin. She hooked up with her mother, entered a conservatory to study music, and found  a supportive group of friends. But the hunt feverishly continues as Yanky and Moishe zero in on Esty’s whereabouts. They are driven to bring Esty back to Brooklyn, where they feel she belongs. 

Cast
Shira Haas (Esther “Esty” Shapiro) / Amit Rahav (Yanky Shapiro) / Jeff Wilbusch (Moishe Lefkovitch) / Eli Rosen (Rabbi Yossele)
Why Stream This Film?
Newsday film critic Robert Levin wrote that “UNORTHODOX is an achievement of searing power and grace, attuned to big, sweeping emotions and small observational moments in equal measure.” We totally agree!
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 94%
  • Metacritic Score: 85
Accolades
  • The film has had sold-out screenings in Argentina, Germany, Spain, France, Israel, Netherlands, and the U.S.A.

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At a time when we are all looking to feel like we’re somewhere other than on our own couches, and to feel like we’re encountering new people, UNORTHODOX works some much-needed magic. In broader, thematic terms, the series about a woman attempting to break free of a life that constrains her, is right for this moment.
Jen Chaney

New York Magazine

UNORTHODOX tracks its protagonist’s personal journey and peril across continents. It’s a kind of espionage caper, a thrilling and probing story of one woman’s personal defection. What unfolds is a story of personal discovery with the intensity of a spy thriller. Esty’s escape is only part of the story. The bigger and more captivating question is why she left and what she was fleeing.
James Poniewozik

The New York Times

Anna Winger’s new show takes a real-life story of religious rebellion and makes it fresh, thanks to a stunning performance by Shira Haas. The 24-year-old actress is an instant sensation who commands every moment she’s on the screen with a fiery intensity.
Eric Kohn

IndieWire

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