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A group of fat people from the Israeli city of Ramla is fed up with the sanctity of diets and the 'Dictatorship of the Thinness' of the diet workshop they participate in. They leave it and discover the world of sumo, where fat people like them are honored and appreciated. Through sumo they are connecting to themselves and to their fat body, each one in his own way. Herzl an obese guy, starts to work as a dish washer in a Japanese restaurant in Israel. Herzl is exposed to the world of Sumo through Kitano, the restaurant manager, who was a Sumo coach in Japan and escaped to Israel, after he got involved with the Yakuza. Herzl falls in love with the Sumo world and wants Kitano to be the Sumo coach of his obese friends that gave up their diet. "My Own Private Sumo" is a movie about the coming out of the closet of fat people and about their ability to accept their fatness and relate to their body through the world of sumo. Written by
4 people struggling with love, life and...extra fat.
Super cute movie; light plot but with deeper philosophical and political implications for those who seek them. I especially liked the choreographed movements of the group of sumo wrestlers, and the accompanying music. Just for that I would see them movie more than once. Most importantly, it puts Israel and Isarelis into a normal perspective and does the same for the problem of obesity. It puts a new spin on it that will stay with the viewer and will positively affect his/her attitude towards non-mainstream people. The incorporation of Japanese non-Jewish characters into the film is interesting. It creates further food for thought about all kinds of relationships, not only between Jews and Gentiles, but also between men and women, gays and heterosexuals, parents and grown children, prisoners and wardens, and all this, of course, through the main thin/fat dichotomy that dominates the thinking of the main characters.
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