Variety Reviews ‘Wedding Doll’

In what amounts to a contemporary Israeli take on “The Light in the Piazza,” a mentally handicapped young woman’s dreams of love and marriage are stymied by her overprotective mother in “Wedding Doll.” A big winner at last year’s Ophir Awards, documentarian Nitzan Gilady’s first narrative feature may have its international commercial travel somewhat hampered by a story that eventually grows more downbeat than viewers might expect (or feel necessary). Nevertheless, this well-crafted, engaging drama should rack up healthy offshore sales to specialty distributors. A U.S. theatrical retlease is planned for April.

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