Fafner is new critic in Modern Times Review.

Covered Up is an emotional trip marking one woman’s struggle between personal choice and ultra-orthodox Jewish tradition.

One woman says that it took her seven years to get used to it. Another one struggles daily to put it on in the morning – she has a lot of negative memories of her wedding day, when it became a permanent part of her everyday life.

This is about wigs. Some ultra-orthodox Jewish women wear them, and in the beginning of Covered Up a number of them talk about this with surprising honesty. In their world the wig is an outer sign of a woman’s marital status. It is a protective shield and a sign of her personal integrity. Behind the wig is a very private world.

Free will

But still these women talk to the camera. The Israeli director Rachel Elitzur comes from an ultra-orthodox background herself, and in her film she gives a vivid description of the tension between her free, personal will and the massive social pressure from her surroundings. She wanted to break free, and now she has turned this process into a captivating film.

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