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Boston LGBT Film Festival 2011Special Events Archive

Mary Lou

Co-presented by the Boston Jewish Film Festival and Keshet

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Mary LouDir. Eytan Fox. 150 min. 2010. Israel
In Mary Lou, Eytan Fox (The Bubble, Walk on Water, Yossi & Jagger) 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. As a high school student, Meir and his best friend Shuli compete for the same gorgeous guy. When Meir goes to their high school prom with Shuli, he ends the evening with a dramatic performance (complete with back up dancers) proclaiming his love for Gavriel, with disastrous consequences. Fleeing to Tel Aviv, Meir falls in with a drag troupe, and when a performer leaves the audience high and dry he steps onstage as “Mary Lou,” igniting a career as the hottest drag queen in Tel Aviv!

One could think of this film as the Israeli Glee, but it is oh so much more than that. Part Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, part Mamma Mia, Mary Lou is a compelling story that rises above its sugar coating to tell a story of love, life, and being true to yourself…all set to music!

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