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Mary Lou (2009)

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Directer:Eytan Fox  Producer:Dana Eden, Shula Spiegel Writter:Shiri Artzi  

Music:Svika Pick, Ivri Lider, Adi Goldstein Editor:Ron Omer Running time:150 Min   Country:Israel  Language:Hebrew Genre:Drama   Subtitle: English
Starring:
Ido Rozenberg, Yedidia Vital, Dana Frider, Alon Levi, Maya Dagan, Shmuel Vilozni, Angel Bonanni, Assaf Lev, Svika Pick, Ze''ev Revach, Tchiya Danon

 

   

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SYNOPSIS
Acclaimed Israeli director Eytan Fox brings to life a modern fable with a catchy musical message and a story based on the songs of Israeli pop legend Svika Pick. Miriam (Maya Dagan) is an adoring fan of Svika Pick (who appears as himself). She dreams of being a famous singer, leading her to mysteriously abandon her son Meir (Ido Rosenberg) on his tenth birthday. Both Meir and his best school friend Shuli—who happens to be a beautiful girl—have their eye on the same gorgeous guy. But despite worthy distractions, Meir never stops searching for his mother, eventually moving to Tel Aviv and becoming famous as a drag queen named Mary Lou. The songs never stop coming as Meir/Mary Lou discovers he needs to find himself even more than his mother.

More thoughtful than Glee and as spirited as Mamma Mia!, Mary Lou is a top-notch musical with a serious message. The film features the ebullient music of Svika Pick—who composed the Eurovision award-winning song Diva, made famous by singer Dana International.

Eytan Fox’s new drama Mary Lou was produced by Dana Eden and Shula Spiegel for Dana Productions and Hot. Mary Lou was released in Israel as a four part television series and garnered the equivalent of the Israeli Emmy Award for best miniseries in 2010. The drama, which in its entirety runs 150 minutes, will be released as a single dramatic film in the United States and Canada, and to festivals and broadcasters internationally. –Nancy Fishman Film Releasing

 

User Reviews
If Glee and Abba Had A Love Child....
by lynnfriedman
The love child of Glee & Abba is living in Israel and her name is Mary Lou. This film is a wonderful romp with great music on the inside, serious messages on the inside.

Mary Lou was originally created as an award winning four part Israeli television series in 2010. If you are one of those people who get catchy songs stuck in your head, consider yourself warned. This musical tells the story of young Meir Levi who shares his mom Miriam''s love of the Israeli rock star Svika Pick. Pick even makes a cameo appearance in one scene. His music has an infectious 70′s beat with raw emotions and a touch of the exotic thanks to the melodic Hebrew lyrics. With Miriam singing Pick''s tunes my mind drifted off to a parallel universe with Doris Day singing Kurt Cobain''s depressingly raw lyrics with her signature sunny disposition.

Meir and his mother Miriam are living a hum drum life in rural Israel. The opening scene has them dusting in matching head scarfs, our first hint that this young boy might grow up to bat for the other team. My favorite quote from the film is spoken by Miriam as she explains that "it''s easier to defeat dust than sadness."

Mom mysteriously leaves town during Meir''s tenth birthday party. As a slightly built bleached blond teen of flamboyantly non-hetero appearance, Meir suffers through the stereotypical high school taunting. If you have watched enough Glee you already know that the worst tormentors are acting out of fear of their own sexual identity issues. Meir''s beautiful gal pal Shuli makes life worth living as his trusted confidant and protector. (Shuli is played by Dana Frider, who was discovered on the Israeli version of "So You Think You Can Dance.")

Enter Gabriel, the impossibly handsome dark skinned love interest of both Meir and Shuli. Shuli forms a relationship with Gabi and the heartbroken Meir moves to the big city of Tel Aviv. His quest is to find the famous Svika Pick, whom he has woven an elaborate fantasy involving his mother having run off to sing in Pick''s band. Along this journey he is befriended by Ori who introduces him to the world of drag performing. Meir eventually becomes a cast member of "The Holly Wigs" and transforms himself into "Mary Lou", a character in one of his mother''s favorite Svika Pick songs.

Meir and his friends learn universal coming of age lessons and all arrive at their own version of adulthood by the end of the film. You also get to find out what happened to Miriam. Get to know Mary Lou, you''ll be blown away.


 

 

 





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