Magazine article Screen International

'Wedding Doll': Review

Magazine article Screen International

'Wedding Doll': Review

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How do you solve a problem like Hagit? In Nitzan Gilady's assured Wedding Doll, Hagit is a young woman with mild learning difficulties struggling to secure a measure of independence from her loving but overprotective mother. Hagit's romantic view of the world is at odds with the cruel disappointments that await her as Giladi creates a plaintive, understated heartbreaker that is neither overly sentimental nor excessively maudlin. Wedding Doll won Best Israeli Debut Feature and Best Actress (Asi Levi) at the Jerusalem Film Festival and should continue a wide-ranging Festival circuit journey after Toronto. There is also the possibility for some, small scale theatrical play from distributors who have supported titles like Asaf Korman's Next To Her (At li layla).

Wedding Doll is set in a small town in southern Israel's Negev desert and cinematographer Roey Roth captures some striking images of the desert landscapes where the warmth and intense light seem to match the eternally sunny disposition of Hagit (Moran Rosenblatt). The beautiful 24 year-old sports a beaming smile and spends her spare time designing a perfect wedding dress and creating dolls from toilet roll paper and holders. What sounds on paper to be unbearably twee is actually rather charming. Hagit works in a small family factory that cuts and packages toilet rolls. She has mapped out a future for herself and handsome boss's son Omri (Roy Assaf).

If Hagit is an impossible dreamer, her mother Sara (Asi Levi) deals only in reality. …

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