Women of Virtue

Short Film, Drama, Europe, Fiction, Jewish Film, Women, Religion, Jewish Highlights
Stéphanie Halfon
29 minutes


Release year: 2022
Countries of Origin: France
Languages: French
Genre: Short/Drama


Cesar 2023 Nominee, Unifrance Prize 2022 Nominee

Official Selection
24 selections including 5 Oscar-qualifying: ASPEN 2022
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Tirana 2022
RIFF 2022
Izmir 2022



Etel, a 9-year-old girl who lives in the Orthodox community in Paris, gets her period for the first time. Myriam, her mother, finally looks at her as if she were a woman. Etel is blessed, until she finds out that in her religion, women are considered impure when they have their period.


Stéphanie Halfon was born and raised in Rome in a traditionalist Sephardic family. She then studied in Paris, where she began a career in film production: in charge of development, she supports screenwriters and directors in the writing of their feature films. After a first self-produced film purchased by OCS, Women of Virtue (Les Vertueuses) is her first produced short film and draws on her experience in the Parisian Hassidic community.

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