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The Wedding Plan.

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3 out of 4 stars

Title
The Wedding Plan
Written by
Rama Burshtein
Directed by
Rama Burshtein
Starring
Noa Kooler, Amos Tamam, Oz Zehavi
Genre
Comedy
Classification
PG
Country
USA
Language
English
Year
2016

Her fiancé dumps her, but, in for a penny, in for a shekel, 32-year-old Michal decides to go ahead with her big fat Jewish wedding anyhow. "It's a small task for God to find me a groom by the end of Hanukkah," she says.

Love may or may not be blind, but faith definitely is. The Wedding Plan is an offbeat-but-poignant Israeli rom-com from Rama Burshtein, the writer-director responsible for the 2012 melodrama Fill the Void. Delicate, lonely and dating in a hurry, Michal (Noa Kooler) has a "nutty energy." The God-fearing suitors she is presented with are a curious collection, but Burshtein never plays for easy laughs.

A deaf man who brings along a sign-language interpreter asks Michal why she agreed to meet him after previously turning him down. "Despair" is her reason for reconsidering; the honesty is crushing for all concerned. The Wedding Plan should not be confused with the 2001 Hollywood thing The Wedding Planner. While the latter shoved a hopeless plot down our throats, the former takes an improbable premise and makes it believable.

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