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Directed by Erez Tadmor and Sharon Maymon
 
 

Israel

Released: 2010

Hebrew, Japanese

90 minutes

A Matter of Size is an Israeli comedy (yes, comedy!) like nothing you've seen before, a hilarious and heart-warming tale about about a coming out of a different kind: four overweight guys who learn to love themselves through the Japanese sport of sumo wrestling!

 

Herzl (Itzik Cohen) has been struggling with his weight ever since he was young, and his overbearing mother made it no easier on him. His friends Aharon (Dvir Benedek) and Gidi (Alon Dahan) struggle with the issue of weight in their personal lives as well; from fear of losing a spouse to a "thinner" man, to coming out as a gay bear.

 

When Herzl loses his job as a cook and starts washing dishes in a Japanese restaurant, he discovers the world of Sumo, where large people such as himself are honored and appreciated. Through the restaurant owner Kitano (Togo Igawa), a former Japanese Sumo coach (supposedly hiding from the Yakuza in Israel) , Herzl and his friends fall in love with a sport involving "two fatsos in diapers and girly hairdos". However, Herzl's dedication to this demanding men-only sport threatens his budding relationship with Zehava (Irit Kaplan), a plus-size social worker.

 

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Awards

 

Winner of 3 Israeli Academy Awards!

 

Winner of 10 Film Festival Audience Awards!


- San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
- Washington Jewish Film Festival
- Minneapolis Jewish Film Festival
- Jewish Film Festival of Dallas
- Detroit Jewish Film Festival
- Brooklyn Jewish Film Festival
- AJC Seattle Jewish Film Festival
- Rockland County Jewish Film Festival
- Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
- Awaken! International Spiritual Film Festival

 

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