Nitzan Gilady , shown at left, brings to the table with his new film WEDDING DOLL. In my headline I call the film heartbreaking, but this is not because it gives in to the sentimental. Instead, it breaks your heart via its clear-eyed view of the handicapped and what the people who care for them must do in order to help them achieve something approaching normality. I have no idea if the film at hand is based on real-life characters (nor does it matter much to me), but Mr. Gilady has chosen his people and situation so specifically and so well that it is difficult not to find them credible.
novel and the film. (TrustMovies never saw the Broadway musical but does not think much of its ditch-the-melody score.) Wedding Doll again finds a beautiful heroine with a limited mental capacity, seemingly due, as in the earlier work, to an accident rather than to anything genetic.
Roy Assaf, above, left), with an unstable combination of intelligence, weakness and caring, this character keeps us -- and perhaps himself, as well -- guessing throughout as to his real intentions. Hagit's caretaker is her mom Sarah (performed with alternate anger and strength by Assi Levy, below and three photos above), who has given up a lot, including a marriage, to shelter her daughter. Some kind of "caretaker home" looms in the background as an alternative to mom, and while we understandably do not want this for Hagit, we can also see the upside of the possibility.