14 June 2015 | larrys3
Israeli Whimsical Farce
Mixed feelings about this Israeli whimsical farce. On the one hand, the movie can be a warm hearted feel-good flick. Yet, on the other hand it can be filled with contrivances and stereotypes, that will be accepted by some viewers while others might be turned off. For me, I thought the best way to enjoy this film was to just go with the farcical flow of it all and not be too judgmental.
The story centers on a group of neighbors and friends, who have gathered together, in Tel Aviv, to watch the glitz and kitsch of the annual UniverSong international competition. When the group recognizes the sadness of one of their members, Anat (Anat Waxman), they break out into song to try and cheer her up, led by the one professional singer there Efrat (Efrat Dor). The impromptu song is recorded on a cell phone, and ends up being sent to the Israeli committee, who really like it and want the mostly amateur group to represent them at the following year's competition of UniverSong. Of course, they'll be plenty of "bumps along the road" and lessons to be learned as the group strives to make the Paris competition.
In summary, I thought all the ensemble cast members performed their roles well in this film, directed by Eytan Fox, who co-wrote the script with Eli Bijaoui. Not everything works here, and as mentioned there's contrivances and stereotypes, but just going with the flow I was able to find it in the end to be a feel-good experience.