This is a pleasant movie that captures a few days in the lives of three women in Tel Aviv whose lives allegedly intersect for a moment at a wedding: one is the bride; one is a waitress; and one is a homecare worker attending with a patient. Other than that happenstance though, the women are not connected to each other in any way and therefore the film feels more like three separate and unrelated vignettes with no real plotline holding it together.
The characters are convincing and easy to empathize with as they go through their ordeals. At the wedding, the bride breaks her ankle climbing out of a locked bathroom stall and is forced to forgo a planned Caribbean honeymoon for a stay at a noisy seaside hotel. The homecare worker is from the Philippines, struggles with a language barrier and misses her family back home. The waitress, featured a bit more prominently than the others, loses her boyfriend, her job and the child she finds on the beach, all within the span of a couple days.
Though hardly a must-see film, it is pleasant enough to watch if stumbled upon.
- The Count
Note: The film is almost entirely in Hebrew and is subtitled into English. The following exchange is an amusing example of how figures of speech get lost in translation. It is between the hotel desk clerk and the exasperated new husband who, while pleading for a quiter room to no avail, tells the clerk he just got married:
First, the English subtitled version:
Groom: Yeah, right!
Now, what they actually said:
Clerk: Mazal Tov.
Groom: Mazal Charah!
I don’t understand too much Hebrew, but I’m pretty sure that although “Mazal Tov” is commonly used to mean “Congratulations”, it translates literally into “Good Luck”. “Mazal Charah!”, on the other hand, means “Shitty Luck!”
Just watched “Wrong Turn” (Horror 2003). Scary as hell. Tuned in primarily (OK, only) because Emmanuelle Chriqui was in it, but ended up enjoying it. Mutant cannibals, lost college kids, graphic violence and a vintage Mustang — what’s not to like? Worth checking out if you dig the genre.