An orthodox Jewish woman searches for love in this unusual romcom
Or, My Big Weird Jewish Wedding. One woman’s struggles to find love in Israel’s Orthodox community might not sound like the recipe for a cockle warming romantic comedy, but ‘Through the Wall’ has a sharp sweetness all its own. Michal (Noa Kooler) has been in the dating game for 11 years, and becoming a born-again Orthodox Jew has only made things harder. True, she has the ultimate cutesy romcom job – she runs a mobile petting zoo – and is generally perky, sarcy and unflappable. But when yet another promising relationship goes sour, Michal sets herself – and God – a deadline, booking a wedding hall in 22 days and asking the almighty to find her a husband.
Plot-wise this is pretty unconvincing, and you can see the final twist coming a mile off. Attempts at outright comedy tend to fall flat, and the obscure religious references can feel a little peculiar. But Kooler is a very likeable lead, and Michal’s battles – with loneliness, ageing, family, religious doubt and her own indecision – are smartly, sympathetically sketched by writer-director Rama Burshtein.
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