Arik, a teenage boy growing up in Haifa in 1968, gets a job working for Yankele Bride, a matchmaker. Yankele, a mysterious Holocaust survivor, has an office in back of a movie theater that shows only love stories, run by a family of seven Romanian dwarves in the seedy area by the port. Yankele introduces Arik to a new world, built on the ruins of an old one. As Arik begins to learn the mysteries of the human heart through his work with Yankele, he falls in love with Tamara, his friend Beni's cousin. Tamara has just returned from America and is full of talk of women's rights, free love and rock and roll. The disparate parts of Arik's life collide in unexpected, often funny and very moving ways as he lives through a summer that changes him forever. Avi Nesher's latest film mixes comedy with drama as it tells a coming-of-age story unlike any you've ever seen before.
Fall in love with the perfect summer movie - Avi Nesher's beloved film The Matchmaker comes to DVD Tuesday, July 30th!
Arik, a teenage boy growing up in Haifa gets a job working for Yankele Bride, a mysterious matchmaker and Holocaust survivor during the summer of 1968. As Arik begins to learn the mysteries of the human heart through his work with Yankele, the disparate parts of Arik's life collide in unexpected, often funny and very moving ways. Avi Nesher's acclaimed film mixes comedy with drama as it tells a coming-of-age story unlike any you've ever seen before.
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Fall in love with Israel's beloved film The Matchmaker! A smash hit in theaters across the U.S., The Matchmaker continues to play in select cities, and is now available to watch at home through iTunes and Video-on-Demand. The Matchmaker is adored by critics and audiences alike, earning an 86% 'Fresh' rating on RottenTomatoes.com. Acclaimed filmmaker Avi Nesher's latest film mixes comedy with drama as it tells a coming-of-age story unlike any you've ever seen before.
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“The Matchmaker... played by (Adir) Miller with a scene-stealing mix of warmth and restraint... balances its darkness and its uneasy scenes of characters reckoning with their pasts with the lightness of youthful romantic anxieties. The film intelligently portrays how, even years later, the memories of trauma can be enough to inhibit a person from finding happiness — and consequently, how essential love is.”Read more
“Top-notch, emotionally resonant... The Matchmaker is at heart an unexpectedly complex film about love, but also an examination of Israel in flux, a country with one foot in the past and another in the future – a weight that may never fully vacate Israeli shoulders.”Read more
"The Matchmaker combines the tender tone of a film like Cinema Paradiso with a clear-eyed, street-level vantage on Israel’s summer of the Six-Day War."Read more
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Audience Award - Best Feature Film
Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival 2011
Panavision Audience Choice Award
Best Israeli Film
Israel Film Festival NY 2011
Silver Plaque Award
Chicago International Film Festival 2010
Toronto International Film Festival 2010
Opening Night Film
Los Angeles Israeli Film Festival 2010
Nominated for 7 Israeli Academy Awards
Including Best Picture