The Wedding Plan

(Laavor et hakir)

She has everything she needs for her wedding. Except a groom.

Rama Burshtein’s new film may be set in an ultra-orthodox Israeli community but it plays like an old-fashioned Hollywood screwball comedy.

Poster for the Israeli comedy The Wedding PlanMichal (Noa Koller) is planning to get married but is jilted by her fiancé. Rather than cancel the wedding, she makes the booking anyway and gives herself just over 20 days to find a new husband. Her faith tells her that God will surely find the man for her.

Over the course of the film, Michal has various encounters with potential Mr. Rights, nearly all of whom turn out to be Mr. Wrongs. These include a blind psychoanalyst and a pop star she meets in bizarre circumstances while praying. Some of her potential husbands are put off by her unlikely career – she runs a petting zoo. Others find her flighty and impulsive, or think she is mocking them.

Noa Koller plays the bride in search of a groom with considerable charm and humour. She makes it clear that Michal isn’t just a flaky thirty-something victim looking for a husband on a whim. There is something heroic about her quest – a sense that she is finally taking her fate in her own hands. If she does succumb to self-pity, it is only very fleetingly.

The film’s script is witty and sharp in its observations on love, courtship, and wedding parties – and Michal is one of those screwball heroines that you just can’t help but root for.

– Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent
 

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