Paper Dolls (Bubot Niyar) (2006)
Movie InfoAfter closing the border to Palestinian workers, Israeli authorities sought to fill gaps in the job market by encouraging emigrant workers from other parts of the world. Among those who answered the call were Filipinos in various stages of gender transition. These individuals who see themselves in a female persona, shunned by their families and communities at home, build new lives in Israel as caregivers for elderly, orthodox Jewish men, many of whom come to look upon them as substitute children. On their nights off, the workers perform as a drag queen ensemble, "Paper Dolls," in Tel Aviv nightclubs. Although the troupe's members enjoy Israel's liberal atmosphere, they are still outsiders and are always treated as such. Tomer Heymann's moving documentary explores the role of immigrant worker in Western culture, and delves into the lives of societal outcasts seeking freedom and acceptance, however tenuous. … More
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Critic Reviews for Paper Dolls (Bubot Niyar)
The transsexuals muddle through, finding their way on the planet in a manner that can only provoke awe, no matter how silly their lifestyle will look to some.
Paper Dolls, which tracks a group of [...] workers through their day jobs and drag act, is far from a chronicle of misery.
Heymann brings to Paper Dolls not only an engaging poignancy and depth but also a powerful universality.
Although the 'weird' factor is very much in play here, director Tomer Heymann does a fine job of peeking behind the curtain and discovering real humanity at work.
Moving tale of two groups of people who have found a common emotional ground.
A real human story emerges, and you sincerely root for these unlikely, uncomely souls.
Israeli filmmaker Tomer Heymann inserts himself into the story, and sometimes it seems, pushes it along certain dramatic paths.
Paper Dolls is infused with lively and dynamic action, people caring for each other even in the worst of circumstances...
Paper Dolls seems something of a cardboard cutout, perhaps because in covering so many of the Dolls one never sees clearly into their various inner lives.
The Paper Dolls themselves are funny and touching and their plight is relevant to any discussion about foreign workers, regardless of the country.
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