Wisdom of the Pretzel | Chicago Reader

Wisdom of the Pretzel

This 2001 film begins like an Israeli version of Friends, but writer-director Ilan Heitner, adapting his own novel, has a knack for creating characters that prove more complex as the exigencies of the story accumulate. The protagonist, a fellow in his 30s (Guy Loel), gets fixed up with his buddy's sister (Osnat Hakim), and he knows she's something special because she makes him so angry; what first seems a masochistic pursuit on his part coalesces into something more substantial. While the principal story holds one's attention, Heitner's attempt to juggle several subplots isn't entirely successful. In Hebrew with subtitles. 100 min.

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