Upcoming Movie Review: A Matter of Size
Last week, we were thrilled to receive an invitation from Menemsha Films for a press screening of the upcoming Israeli film A Matter of Size. This film has been playing in the Boston area for the past three months, been featured in Variety magazine, the Boston Phoenix, and has won various film festival awards, as well as three Israeli Oscars. And soon it will be coming to the DC area!
Opening on Friday, July 2nd at the historic Avalon theater in Northwest Washington, DC, A Matter of Size tells the hilarious story of four overweight Israeli friends who, after several failed diets and weight loss programs, decide to become Japanese sumo wrestlers. The main character, Herzl, a chef who has struggled with weight issues and criticism throughout his life, loses his job and starts working as a dish washer at a local Japanese restaurant. Once there, Herzl discovers that the owner of restaurant, Kitano, is a former Sumo coach.
In the world of Sumo, Herzl discovers that, for the first time, he is admired and respected for his weight, rather than criticized and looked down upon for it. After convincing Kitano to train him for an upcoming Sumo event in Japan, Herzl persuades his three friends, each of whom are dealing with their own personal weight issues, to join in on the fun. While Herzl’s dedication to the sport nearly destroys his friendships and relationship with Zehava, an overweight social worker whom he meets at the local weight loss club, through Sumo, Herzl and his friends learn to accept themselves for who they are on the inside and outside.
Here is a short trailer of the film!
We were very impressed with A Matter of Size! There is no way you can watch this film and not enjoy yourself. It is consistently filled with laugh-out-loud moments, even during one of the more “sad” scenes within the film. Regardless of subtitles, the humor and clever writing within the film shine through. The characters are very funny, have great chemistry, and give genuinely heart-felt performances! One of our favorite characters, Herzl’s mother, is constantly dishing out brutally honest, yet hilarious remarks with regard to her son’s lifestyle and weight. Yet, the film never goes overboard with this. Overall, there was not one character in the film that we did not enjoy!
After having to publicly weigh themselves at their previous weight loss sessions, one favorite moment of the film, as depicted below, is when all four friends are weighing themselves at a routine Sumo training session. However, this time they are thrilled to see their numbers go up, not down!
At just 90 running minutes, A Matter of Size is not drawn out or overstretched, nor attempts to wrap up every detail within the film into a neat and tidy resolution. While it would have been easy for the directors and writers to have oversimplified and given each character a perfectly resolved story line, they wisely stay away from this and let the main story speak for itself. The soundtrack of the film, as well as other visual details and sets, were very strong as well.
Overall, we highly recommend that you check out this great film! Whether you’re in the DC area or not, keep on the lookout for A Matter of Size in small and local independent film theaters near you. We’re sure you will enjoy it just as much as we did. It offers a refreshing and certainly amusing change from the normal summer blockbusters!
Be sure to watch the trailer above and for more details, check out Menemsha Film’s website, where you can find the latest details, theaters and showtimes for A Matter of Size! Have any of you heard of or seen the film? We’d love to hear from you!