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Cupcakes

Eytan Fox’s feelgood Israeli musical-comedy follows six friends, united by their love of a Eurovision-esque song contest, who stumble into becoming their nation’s official entrants.

The giddily entertaining, cheerfully camp result is infused with the spirit of early Almodóvar in its brash décor, knockabout plotting and surprising substance.

As the band rebels against a focus-group makeover, Fox subtly shifts from kitschy fable to breezy satire on the gap between private liberalism and public conservatism. The subtext is worn lightly, though; this is a natural crowd-pleaser.

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