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Not Rated | | Drama | 15 April 2016 (USA)
Hagit, a young woman with mild mental deficiency, works in a toilet-paper factory. She lives with her mother Sarah, a divorcée who gave up her life for her daughter. Hagit strives for ... See full summary »

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Hagit, a young woman with mild mental deficiency, works in a toilet-paper factory. She lives with her mother Sarah, a divorcée who gave up her life for her daughter. Hagit strives for independence and Sarah is torn between her desire to protect her, and her own will to live. When a relationship develops between her and the son of the factory owner, Hagit hides it from her mother. The announcement of the closing of the factory shakes Hagit and Sarah's life and jeopardizes Hagit's love story. Written by Jerusalem Film Festival

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Tender Dreams Unravel One Stitch At A Time

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Wedding Doll  »

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$2,771, 17 April 2016, Limited Release

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$56,177, 22 July 2016
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Well crafted but incredibly depressing.
1 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

"Wedding Doll" is as well made film with some really good acting-- particularly by the leading lady, Moran Rosenblatt. However, this Israeli movie also was incredibly depressing and I might characterize it as 'the feel-bad movie of the year'...and how many folks want to see a film that leaves them this depressed?!

This story is about a lady in her early 20s named Hagit (Rosenblatt) who works at a small toilet paper factory. She is cognitively challenged and functions almost like a child. But despite her intellectual difficulties, she also is a pretty young woman with the same emotional and physical needs as anyone else. She longs to get married and even design her own wedding gown but there are so many problems with this. The co-worker she is carrying on with on the sly might just be using her. As the film progresses, he seems less and less interested in marrying her...just making out with Hagit. Hagit also is a bit delusional and often sees life the way she wants it to be instead of how it really is...and throughout the film she keeps convincing herself that things will work out perfectly for her. She also convinces herself she is going to be a famous dress designer but her skills are quite limited. Throughout the picture, however, Hagit's mother is almost always nearby--sacrificing her own needs in order to look after her daughter and protect her from harm as best she can. But Hagit is clever and manages to hide the boyfriend through much of the film. Where all this ends up is pretty realistic...but also an incredible downer.

In many ways, "Wedding Doll" is very similar to the American film "Benny & Joon"...but without the comedy, clever and compassionate boyfriend and happy ending. It's an interesting character study and has apparently won many awards in its home country...but I really must admit that despite being well made, I didn't enjoy the film in the least and it's a movie for select audiences.


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