“You might have a nutty energy,” one bemused prospect tells Michal, and that is usually true of this brightly coloured, often zany crowdpleaser with sharply written dialogue and a pop soundtrack… Yet Burshtein additionally unfolds a darker, extra introspective undertow to Michal’s rising despair of ever finding her beshert. Having booked a corridor, ordered the food, and secured a rabbi, she refuses to cancel the marriage—which has been considerably scheduled for the eighth night of Hanukkah, the commemoration of a historical miracle, underscoring her perception that, over the course of a month, she will be able to discover a groom.
These values haven’t developed at all and neither has the apply of arranged relationship—typically by means of a matchmaker—where the couple meets a few occasions in public settings and if they’re suitable enough they set a wedding date.
At the same time that The Wedding Plan (originally titled Through the Wall, a reference to Michal’s breakdown cum breakthrough at Nachman’s tomb) follows certain Hollywood conventions, it belongs to a small cycle of present movies that, of their archetypal characters and homespun sense of the miraculous, have the feel of Jewish fables.
After planning and coordinating another successful wedding ceremony ceremony, …