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Paper Dolls (2006)



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Movie Info

After 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.
Documentary , Drama , Special Interest
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Strand Releasing


Critic Reviews for Paper Dolls

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (11)

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.

Full Review… | October 13, 2006
Denver Post
Top Critic

Paper Dolls, which tracks a group of [...] workers through their day jobs and drag act, is far from a chronicle of misery.

October 11, 2006
Village Voice
Top Critic

Heymann brings to Paper Dolls not only an engaging poignancy and depth but also a powerful universality.

Full Review… | October 6, 2006
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 29, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Moving tale of two groups of people who have found a common emotional ground.

September 27, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Sad, sweet and oddly inspirational.

Full Review… | September 20, 2006
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Paper Dolls


Documentary, concerning gay effeminate men who imigrated to Israel as health care workers. They started a drag troop called Paper Dolls, thus the title of the movie. At times this is appealing but not enough for one to really care of their plight.

Dave Smith
Dave Smith

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