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The Wedding Plan (2016)

Laavor et hakir (original title)
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When her fiancé bows out on the eve of her wedding, Michal refuses to cancel the wedding arrangements. An Orthodox Jew, she insists that God will supply her a husband. As the clock ticks down.

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... Michal
... Shimi
... Yos, rock star
... Sosh, Michal's Mother
... Feggie
Dafi Shoshana Alpern ... Noam, Michal's sister (as Dafi Alferon)
Oded Leopold ... Assaf
Udi Persi ... Ronen, 'Blind' date
Yonatan Rosen ... Alon, 'Blind date' deaf (as Jonathan Rozen)
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Uri Shilo ... 'blind date' (the interpreter)
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When her fiancé bows out on the eve of her wedding, Michal refuses to cancel the wedding arrangements. An Orthodox Jew, she insists that God will supply her a husband. As the clock ticks down.

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG for thematic elements | See all certifications »

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27 October 2016 (Israel)  »

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The Wedding Plan  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$31,658, 12 May 2017, Limited Release

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$1,398,498, 14 July 2017
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Noa Koler (Michal) and Amos Tamam (Shimi) played ex-spouses in the beloved Israeli TV show "Srugim." See more »

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Michal: You actually give the impression of being a sane man.
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Like nothing you've seen before
7 June 2017 | by See all my reviews

First off: writer/director Rama Burshtein is an Orthodox Israeli woman. This informs her work an her point of view and it's so incredibly distinct from almost anything else I've ever seen. For example, while The Wedding Plan was marketed as a rom com (the title even is more generic than the original, more philosophical Through the Wall) and the movie does contain both romance and comedy, it is also an incredible introspective, philosophical, religious film.

The film is about Michal, an unmarried Haredi Jewish woman in her early thirties living in Jerusalem. Now in orthodox communities, being in your early 30s and unwed is highly unusual, especially since from around the age of 18 young men and women are set up by their parents and matchmakers on dates, which are actually rather chaste in nature and immediately get to the point of whether the couple involved have enough in common to marry. Michal has been "dating" for 10 years. She goes to a fortune teller of sorts and she discusses why she wants to marry, the type of companionship she's looking for etc. Shortly after we see her at the tasting for her wedding dinner... which quickly goes south as her fiancé abruptly confesses he doesn't love her. Michal quickly drops him, but faced with the idea of another decade of marriage she decides to force God's hand. She rents the hall, continues with dress fittings, and leaves it up to God to provide a groom for her.

Burshtein approaches the issues in the film with a beautiful honest sincerity. But for all that, the film has some flaws. I could not help comparing it unfavourably in appearance to her beautiful debut film, Fill the Void. I was also unsatisfied with how some of the characters in the film were presented. A certain twist is broadcast from a million miles away and the questions and answers that some of the dates bring are oddly unsatisfactory. Overall though the film is certainly worth viewing, especially because the perspective is so unique and it is approached with such love, compassion and knowledge.


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