“The Ring’s Journey”
Happy Birthday Udi
Matti Harari and Arik Lubetzky co-directed “The Ring’s Journey” with a cast that includes Amit Farkash, Israel Atias, Tomer Shechori, Tamir Baider, Dov Glickman, Shmulik Levy and Esti Zakhem.
At his 18th birthday party, Udi experiences the trauma of his life when his childhood sweetheart, Raphaela, leaves him and kisses his younger brother Lior who plays basketball for Maccabi Tel Aviv. Udi takes to his room for three years and disconnects from any human contact. He puts on weight and dedicates his life to “The Lord of the Rings”.
Then when Udi turns 21, Lior informs him that their grandmother has passed away and left a will stating that if Uri marries within a month he will receive five million dollars. However, if he doesn’t get married the money will go to the Friends of the Earth charity in Jaffa. His grandmother also left a ring with a mysterious electrifying power: If a girls puts the ring on but doesn’t love the guy her finger will be electrified. Udi then decides to leave the room and search for a bride in the outside world.
Joining Udi on his search are three others: Raphaela, who is now an up-and-coming model, his brother Lior and Lior’s childhood friend, Bechor. Lior and Bechor are both gay but still in the closet and terrified by it. Udi looks for a bride amongst various unusual people including a transvestite, a dwarf and a Bedouin and they all for one reason or another, remind him of characters from “Lord of the Rings”. We go on a journey that is not soon forgotten in this very clever and funny movie.