Synopsis by Mark Deming
An eccentric man's romantic devotion lands him in an insane asylum, where he somehow finds new love, in this offbeat comedy from Israel. Victor (Moshe Ivgi) is a sweet but not terribly bright man who lives with his mother in one of the less picturesque neighborhoods in town. He runs a pirate TV station out of his room, but he is otherwise an ordinary guy who's usually picked on by bullies and ignored by attractive women. One day Victor sees Michaela (Avigail Ariela), an actress who recently moved into the neighborhood with her boyfriend. Victor is immediately smitten and will do anything to win her heart. However, Michaela has made it clear that she has no interest in Victor, and after he becomes a bit too persistent in following her (including staking out her apartment all night during a rainstorm), the police intervene, and Victor finds himself committed to a mental hospital. While in treatment, Victor meets Levana (Hana Azulay-Hasfari), a slightly touched woman who is convinced that she's a rabbi. Victor and Levana soon become involved, which leaves Victor feeling a bit conflicted and confused when Michaela, who feels bad about Victor's predicament, pays him a visit. Lovesick on Nana Street was the winner of eight Israeli Academy Awards. It also collected prizes at the Sao Paulo International Film Festival and the International Filmfest Mannheim-Heidelberg in 1996.
actor, crush, mental-institution, mother, stalking, television