THE WEDDING PLAN (110 PG)
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.
Director: Rama Burshtein
Writer: Rama Burshtein
Stars: Dafi Alferon, Noa Koler, Oded Leopold
Subtitled in English
At 32, Michal (Noa Koler) is more than ready to get married. “I want to give and I want to receive,” she says at the start of The Wedding Plan. “I want to love and be loved back.”
But when her groom bluntly announces that he doesn’t love her just before the wedding, Michal decides to get married anyway; after all, she has the hall booked and a new apartment ready to move into. All that’s missing is the groom.
Michal relies on her Orthodox faith and decides God (and a couple of matchmakers) will solve this small problem in the three weeks she has left before the last night of Hanukkah, the date of the currently groomless nuptials.
This gentle and funny film by Israeli director Rama Burshtein (Fill the Void) recalls 1994 Muriel’s Wedding, which starred a then-unknown Toni Collette. Koler won the Ophir Award (the Israeli version of the Oscar) for this, her first major film role. She appears to have a happily ever after movie career ahead of her.
– Kathryn Laskaris, Toronto Star