Do you recall the 1965 farce “Boeing Boeing,” in which Tony Curtis played a man with three lovers? It appears that Israeli filmmaker Lilly Sheffy’s fifty-something father is living his own version of “Boeing Boeing,” with a pregnant girlfriend in Israel and two more girlfriends in Germany.
Sheffy’s documentary follows her divorced father Yaron as he jets between two countries and three women. It is an intricate juggling act that goes into dangerous territory – particularly when the marriage-averse Yaron agrees to marry his pregnant girlfriend and raise their infant son. Inevitably, things falls apart badly – Yaron misses the birth of his son, the women learn about each other and Yaron winds up hospitalized with a heart attack.
A great deal of the film is baffling – we never learn what Yaron does for a living or how he can finance such a bizarre life, and it is hard to understand why the three intelligent and attractive women would be smitten with such a boorish and, quite frankly, unappealing man. It is also difficult to see the filmmaker’s attachment to her father – she is clearly irritated with his irresponsibility, while he barely acknowledges her presence.
“Daddy’s Girls” is a train wreck, but it is hard not to get caught up in its outrageous twists and turns.