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 he goes with Shuli, Meir ends their high school prom with a dramatic performance (complete with back up dancers) proclaiming his love for Gavriel. It ends in disaster when Gavriel and his friends humiliate Meir for being gay. Fleeing to Tel Aviv, he follows the clues to his mother’s life as a stage performer, constantly hitting dead ends. Desperate and down on his luck, Meir falls in with a drag troupe helping out as their dresser. When a performer leaves the audience high and dry, he steps onstage reinventing himself as “Mary Lou.” This begins his successful career as the hottest drag queen in Tel Aviv. Along the way Meir discovers both himself and his true calling, and ultimately who his mother really was. 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 about its sugar coating to tell a story of love, life and being true to yourself…all set to music!
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