The Wedding Plan isnt your typical rom-com

THE WEDDING PLAN (Rama Burshtein). 110 minutes. Subtitled. Opens Friday (May 12). See listing. Rating: NNNNIf you have faith, will.


THE WEDDING PLAN (Rama Burshtein). 110 minutes. Subtitled. Opens Friday (May 12). See listing. Rating: NNNN

If you have faith, will God provide you with a romantic match?

Thats one of the fascinating themes in this Israeli take on the romantic dramedy.

A few weeks before her wedding date, Orthodox Jew Michal (Noa Koler) is dumped by her fiance. But she goes ahead with the wedding plans anyway, convinced that when she shows up therell be someone under the chuppah for her.

Writer/director Rama Burshtein juggles a few too many details in Michals personal life. Its hard to keep the womans colourful sisters and friends in order, and her job working with wild creatures doesnt seem to fit with the rest of her character.

But Burshtein has fun planting clues as to who if anyone Michal will end up with. Will it be the guy in the Israeli army? The charismatic pop star whom she meets cute on a pilgrimage to the Ukraine? Also, the guy who runs the wedding hall seems to be taking a big interest in her, although hes married.

This is no typical rom-com, however. Theres genuine heartbreak and despair beneath the surface, and Koler is an extraordinary actor, letting emotions wash over her face in a completely authentic way.

And while the climax might not at first seem straightforward, its in keeping with several remarkable early scenes that feel believably mystical and mysterious.

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