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.
"It’s a fascinating world that writer/director Avi Nesher opens up for us. “The Matchmaker” is a coming of age story in which a teenage boy begins to see the world as an adult. This Israeli film, set in 1968 Haifa, puts a fresh spin on the material."Read more
"The Matchmaker" is a rich tapestry of a movie that is part memory play, part coming-of-age tale, part teen romance and part serious Holocaust film. It is also an unexpected treat that would fit nicely on a double bill with Fellini's "Amarcord". Deceptively rich... this is a film full of humor and life."Read more
Feature Article - Love flourishes in post-Holocaust Israel
"We were brought up as the 'new Jew,' and the 'super Jews'," director Avi Nesher, a child of Holocaust survivors, said. "Empathy toward Holocaust victims was quite discouraged. Indeed, we are guilty of a great sin. Our parents suffered greatly 'there' and we offered no sympathy 'here.'
In "The Matchmaker," Nesher focuses on love as a palliative to ease the survivors' suffering. "I believe that no matter what the question is, love is always the answer."Read more