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A Matter of Size

Directed by Sharon Maymon & Erez Tadmor

Israel-Germany-France | 90 minutes | 2009

Hebrew, English, Japanese with English subtitles

Four overweight friends from the Israeli city of Ramle are fed up of dieting and the dieting club they belong to. When Herzl (155 kilos), the main protagonist, loses his job as a cook and starts working as a dishwasher in a Japanese restaurant in Ramle he discovers the world of Sumo where large people such as himself are honored and appreciated. Through Kitano (60 kilos), the restaurant owner, a former Sumo coach in Japan (who is supposedly hiding from the Yakuza in Israel), he falls in love with a sport involving "two fatsos in diapers and girly hairdos." Herzl wants Kitano to be their coach but Kitano is reluctant — they first have to earn their spurs. A Matter of Size is a comedy about a “coming out” of a different kind — overweight people learning to accept themselves.
Director Sharon Maymon & Erez Tadmor
Countries of Production Israel-Germany-France
Year of Presentation 2009
Language(s) Hebrew, English, Japanese with English subtitles
Premiere Status
Runtime 90 minutes
Principal Cast Itzik Cohen, Irit Kaplan, Dvir Benedek

Winner of the Audience Award at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival

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