LFF 2020 – Honeymood (2020)

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The honeymoon period ends quickly as a newlywed couple embark on a wild odyssey on their wedding night in Honeymood.

Weddings are meant to be the happiest day of a couple’s life. However what about the night immediately following the wedding? What happens if the happily ever after starts with happily “never” after?

Following a fight in their honeymoon suite on their wedding night, a bride and groom embark on a surreal urban odyssey through the streets of Jerusalem.

The farcical quest of a jealous bride to return a gift to the groom’s ex leads to Before Sunrise-style walk and talk. Leading to the couple re-evaluating their marriage before it has even begun.

Whilst the events and tone are heightened to provide maximum entertainment, there is a refreshing honesty that shines through. This comes from a sharp, witty script from writer-director Tayla Lavie and a palpable chemistry between the two leads. The wild and full-on Avigail Harari has a blast as the bride-not-to-be and Ran Danker proves opposites attract as the conflicted and reserved groom.

Similar to a real wedding, there is laughter, tears and overall an incredibly stressful and emotional experience for the couple.

Easily one of the most enjoyable and entertaining films to watch at this year’s London Film Festival, audiences will be saying I do to Honeymood.

Film Rating: ★★★☆☆

Director: Talya Lavie
Stars: Avigail Harari, Ran Danker
Runtime: 90 minutes
Country: Israel

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