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"Wedding Doll" is an affecting, offbeat romance and a coming-of-age tale of a mentally impaired woman who rises above cruelty, prejudice and an overprotective mom.
Writer-director Nitzan Giladi understands the myriad reactions of "normal" people to the developmentally disabled but betrays his heroine with a condescending scene in which she dons a bridal gown made of toilet paper rolls.
The integrity of the filmmaking and the luminosity of Rosenblatt's performance are undeniable. And I suppose the fact that I was affected as I was by "Wedding Doll" is testimony to its emotional effectiveness.
Lead actress Morgan Rosenblatt... portrays the sunny, naive Hagit with a sense of a fully formed and detailed inner life, filled with dreams and determination.
Ms. Rosenblatt keeps Hagit's inner light aflame, despite the man-centric motivations Mr. Gilady has saddled the character with, and Ms. Levy is very impressive as a self-sacrificing parent ...
Wedding Doll may be a difficult film to accept at face value, but it's an even more difficult one to dislike.
This lack of rise and fall causes the progress of the story to dwindle and remain mostly stagnant. All of these things unfortunately hinder an otherwise good central mother/daughter relationship.
While the film itself isn't heavy on plot, the scenes shared between its lead actors, Moran Rosenblatt and Assi Levy, are what keep the film engaging.
Gilady has managed to trim the fat and delivers a sleek and concise coming-of-age love story that is far more unique than others of recent production.
Good looking as the movie is-and good looking as Rosenblatt is, with an inconquerable grin reminiscent of the young Travolta's-Wedding Doll inevitably calls up memories of a certain speech by Robert Downey, Jr. in Tropic Thunder.
Writer-director Nitzan Giladi has fashioned a showcase for two excellent performances, matched by other performers in smaller roles.
Wedding Doll offers a sensitive portrayal of Hagit finding small and hard-earned victories along the way, and the acting, especially by Rosenblatt and Levy, is spot-on.
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