Ruth, a 22-year-old ultra-orthodox Jewish mother, sees her life shattered to pieces one morning. Her husband Shmuel, a prodigious student marked for greatness, makes a fatal mistake that causes the death of their only child Srulik, a sweet toddler eagerly awaiting his first ceremonial haircut on his third birthday. The shattered dreams and unimaginable pain lead Ruth to question and actively undermine her place in society for the first time in her life. While Shmuel tries to atone in traditional ways, she chooses practical means and subversive expressions of independence within the limitations of her religious community.
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