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The Wedding Plan (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

August 26, 2017 by  



Rama Burshtein has crafted an entertaining romantic comedy that is unpredictable, fresh and a wonderful performance from actress Noa Koler.  “The Wedding Plan” is recommended!

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DVD TITLE: The Wedding Plan

YEAR OF FILM: 2017

DURATION: 110 Minutes

DVD INFORMATION: 1:85:1 widescreen, Hebrew 5.1 Dolby Digital with Audio with Available English Subtitles, Subtitles: English, Spanish

RATED: PG (Thematic Elements)

COMPANY: Lions Gate

AVAILABLE ON: September 5, 2017


Directed by Rama Burshtein

Written by Rama Burshtein

Produced by Assad Amir

Co-Produced: Adar Shafran

Associate Producer: Tammy Cohen

Music by Roy Edri

Cinematography by Amit Yasur

Edited by Yael Hersonski

Art Direction by Uri Aminov

Costume Design: Hava Levi Rozelsky


Starring:

Noa Koler as Michal

Amos Tamam as Shimi

Oz Zehavi as Yos

Irit Sheleg as Sosh, Michal’s Mother

Ronny Merhavi as Feggie

Dafi Shoshana Alpern as Noam, Michal’s Sister

Oded Leopold as Assaf

Udi Persi as Ronen, Blind Date

Jonathan Rozen as Alon, Blind Date (Deaf)


THE WEDDING PLAN is a poignant and funny romantic comedy about love, marriage, and faith in life’s infinite possibilities. Michal, blindsided by her fiancé’s decision to call off their wedding with only a month’s notice, is unwilling to return to single life. Michal decides to put her trust in fate and continue with her wedding plans, believing Mr. Right will appear by her chosen date. As the day of the ceremony grows closer and no suitor appears, Michal puts everything on the line to find happiness.


From filmmaker Rama Burshtein (“Fill the Void”) comes her Israeli film “Laavor et hakir” (a.k.a. “Through the Wall”) and will be released on DVD in North America with the title, “The Wedding Plan”.

Screened at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival and earning actress Noa Koler the “Best Actress” award at the Haifa International Film Festival 2016.  And the film opened in the U.S. back in May 2017 and received positive reviews from film critics nationwide.

The film begins with Michal (portrayed by Noa Koler), an Orthodox Jewish woman in her early 30s and notices that her fiance is not being straightforward with her.  When she pushes him to tell her what is wrong, at first he refuses, but after plenty of cajoling by Michal, he tells her the truth…he is not in love with her.

And their wedding which is called off.

Determined to marry 22 days later on the eighth night of Hannukkah, the film is about Michal in despair, trying to find someone to marry her.

Michal goes to a fortune teller (portrayed by Odelia Moreh-Matalon) and tells her the truth that she wants to be married, wants a man that she can love and loves her.  And the fortune teller tells her that her dreams will come true and she recommends her to seeing her son Shimi (portrayed by Amos Tamam), a man who runs a wedding hall in Jerusalem.  And Shimi tells her that he would give her a discount if she gets married at his wedding hall.

And so Michal decides rent a hall and continues to prepare for a marriage despite not having a man to marry and to continue as originally planned and leaves it up to God to decide on her groom.

Michal goes on several dates and meets a man who vows to not look a woman in the face if she is not his wife.  She meets a deaf man (portrayed by Jonathan Rozen) that she had refused to meet earlier.  And during a pilgrimate to Nachman of Breslov, she meets a man named Yoss (portrayed by Oz Zehavi), who happens to be an Israeli pop star.

But as the wedding date approaches, will Michal get married to anyone?


VIDEO & AUDIO:

“The Wedding Plan” is presented in 1:85:1 and is presented in Hebrew 5.1 Dolby Digital. For the most part, picture quality is good as it gets on DVD.  Closeups show good detail, outdoor scenes are vibrant and for the most part, I didn’t notice any major artifacts or banding issues during my viewing of the film.

Subtitles are in English and Spanish.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“The Wedding Plan” comes with a photo gallery and trailer.

EXTRAS:

“The Wedding Plan” comes with a slipcover.


One of the things that I love about foreign films is to learn about culture and perspectives from other countries.  And Rama Burshtein has given us a look at arranged marriages and with her 2012 film “Fill the Void”, she gave us a perspective of a young Hasidic Jewish woman pressured into an arranged marriage to an older widower.

In 2016, Rama Burshtein tackles the topic of marriage again with her romantic comedy “The Wedding Plan”.

The film revolves around a Jewish Orthodox woman named Michal who wants to be married, wants to love and wants to be loved by a man.

And when her fiance calls of their wedding a month before their actual wedding date, this sends Michal in a path of despair.  Not wanting to cancel her marriage and is determined to get married on the date of her marriage, with the support of her family and friends, Michal goes on various dates with men who also want to be married.

But nothing goes as planned in these dates as the men she meets are not interested in her and her wanting to meet with these men is not much for love but more for despair.

And as the days near her wedding date, Michal starts to become unsure whether or not she will get married.  Will she get married?

Featuring a wonderful performance by actress Noa Koler and a soundtrack with great music, “The Wedding Plan” is unique that it’s not formulaic by any means.  Most of the time, with most films, you expect the protagonist to meet the right person they want to marry, run into complications but yet they get married.

This is not so with “The Wedding Plan”.  Until the film gets to the end, you really don’t know if Michal will marry.  And so, the film still remains fresh and leaves the viewer wondering, will she or won’t she get married?

As for the DVD, picture and audio quality good as one can expect on DVD.  Closeups look very good, outdoor scenes are vibrant, dialogue and music is crystal clear and there are few special features included such as a photo gallery and theatrical trailer.

Overall, Rama Burshtein has crafted an entertaining romantic comedy that is unpredictable, fresh and a wonderful performance from actress Noa Koler.  “The Wedding Plan” is recommended!







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