Ayelet Menahemi, 2007, 95 min, Hebrew, English, Drama

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"A moving and fulfilling experience... a wonderful melodrama... great acting... a scriptwriting achievement..."

Yediot Tel-Aviv
"Both moving and funny at the same time . An exceptionally talented director.... a sensitive, flowing script… "

"Humane, amusing, captivating and heart-warming... a winning array of realistic characters..."

Ma'ariv NRG
"Optimistic and heart-breaking… A stunning performance of Mili Avital… "

Tel-Aviv City Mouse
"The #1 Israeli movie of the year. Highly recommended. Charming, humane, heart-warming, moving."

Channel 1, IBA
"Mili Avital's richest, most mature role to date, and she is great... a sense of genuineness emerging from each and every scene."
Yael Shuv
Time Out

Special Grand Prix of the Jury
Montreal World Film Festival, 2007

Best Supporting Actress – Anat Waxman
The Israeli Academy Awards, 2007

10 nominations including Best Picture, Director & Script
The Israeli Academy Awards, 2007


“Noodle” is a moving romantic action-comedy, revolving around the coming to life of Miri, urged by a sudden encounter with a Chinese boy abandoned by his mother.

At thirty-seven, Miri is a twice-widowed, El Al flight attendant. Her well-regulated existence is suddenly turned upside down by an abandoned Chinese boy whose migrant-worker mother has been summarily deported from Israel. The film is a touching comic-drama in which two human beings — as different from each other as Tel Aviv is from Beijing — accompany each other on a remarkable journey, one that takes them both back to a meaningful life.


Behind the scenes


Ayelet Menahemi
Ayelet Menahemi


  • Mili Avital – Miri Calderone
  • Anat Waxman – Gila Sason
  • Baoqi Chen – Noodle
  • Alon Aboutboul – Izzy Sason
  • Iftach Klein – Mati Gueta
  • Sarit Vino-Elad – Dafna


  • Ayelet Menahemi – Director
  • Assaf Amir, Yoav Roeh – Producers
  • Ayelet Menahemi, Shemi Zarhin – Scriptwriter
  • Itzik Portal – Director of Photography
  • Einat Glaser-Zarhin – Editor
  • Ido Dolev – Art Director
  • Haim Frank Ilfman – Original Score
  • Keren Ron – Costume Design
  • Ashi Milo – Sound Recording
  • Aviv Aldema – Sound Design
  • Ruti Gazit-Argov – Casting
  • Orly Ronen – Makeup Artist
  • Avi Satat – 1st Assistant Director
  • Eitan Mansuri – Line Producer
  • Itay Ben-Ezra – Stills

The film was produced with the support of