Unfortunate title aside, “Melanoma My Love” is an uncomfortable fictionalization of thesp Yigal Adika’s wife’s death from cancer. Shot in docu style with deliberate disregard for such niceties as lighting or framing, this creepily confessional drama, directed and scripted by Joseph Madmony and David Ofek, certainly doesn’t whitewash its lead, presented as a not-too-bright misogynist. Oddly, not even the dying wife is especially sympathetic, thanks to an underwritten role that requires more whining than personality. Fests may call, but it’s hard to imagine a broader audience for this taciturn downer.
When a troublesome spot appears, Noga (Sharon Zuckerman) goes to family friend Dr. Avital (Alon Abutbul) for tests. The results don’t look good, but hubby Uzi (Adika) wants her shielded from the bad news. He even asks the good doc to make a pass at his wife so she’ll still feel desirable (huh?), but in an overextended scene, Avital finally tells her she’s dying. Never supportive of his wife’s desire to open a dance studio, Uzi now tries to be a model husband during Noga’s final days. Pic was scripted soon after Adika’s loss, presumably as a kind of therapy/self-excoriation.