Updated: Jun 13
Netflix's drama "Unorthodox" took me on an emotional journey. Adapted from Deborah Feldman's 2012 memoir "Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of my Hasidic Roots." The film stars breakout actress Shira Hass in her lead role as Esther "Esty" Sharpiro, in a compelling performance of a heartfelt story that draws you in the film.
I was sitting on the edge of my seat, cheering on Esty in tears while clutching my heart as I watched the first season of the four-part Netflix series. It was a rollercoaster of emotions as I watched the highs and lows of the mind-blowing story of an orthodox Jewish girl's strength and courage. It took inside the Satmar Hasidic community in Williamsburg. A neighborhood of Brooklyn New York where Esty grew up before fleeing to Germany to escape an arranged marriage in an extremely religious Jewish Sect.
It's terrific when a script and actress connect to tell a story. Perhaps it's the reason "Unorthodox" is among Netflix's most-viewed content since it's March premiere, as reported by the Washington Post. Which also went on to say that the story has several nods to Deborah Feldman's best-selling memoir. So, I ordered the book, and I look forward to both watching the series, reading the book entirely, and following the career of actress Shira Hass.