Nitzan Giladi’s Wedding doll is a bittersweet story about mentally challenged Hagit (Moran Rosenblatt) and her mother Sara (Asi Levy). Sara is separated from her husband, and works as a cleaner at a hotel in a remote desert town in Israel. Hagit works in a toilet paper factory. Her happy disposition seems to please the owner. She has also developed a crush on Omri (Roy Assaf), the owner’s handsome son. Omri returns the affection, but the stigma attached to Hagit’s mental handicap may prove too difficult for him. Hagit, who is obsessed with weddings, makes little wedding dolls with toilet paper, she draws wedding gowns and hopes to get a job as a designer. If Sara works at night, she tells Hagit she must not go out, but it seems too hard for Hagit to resists. Even when her mother is at home asleep, Hagit steals Sara’s keys, and it’s up to Sara to find her daughter. Soon, Hagit will lose her job as the factory is about to close. Although Wedding doll is very touching film with a touching topic, Moran Rosenblatt’s character may prove too challenging for the moviegoers. Hagit smiles a lot, that’s one thing. She likes to wear bright colors, that’s fine. But the pile up of eccentricities keeps going on. Hagit collects bridal magazines, she plasters the walls of her room with photos of brides all wearing beautiful white wedding gowns, OK. Not only is she working in a toilet paper factory, but the owner allows Hagit to make an art installations with toilet paper rolls. Rosenblatt is a good actress, but there is enough quirkiness here for multiple films. A little restraint would have been nice. And in complete contrast, Asi Levy’s Sara wears somber, plain clothes, is taciturn and almost never smiles. It’s either too much or too little. It a well made film, but the screenplay lacks balance.
Wedding doll (Hatuna MeNiyar)
In Hebrew with English subtitles.