The Matchmaker

 

Film Info

Country Israel
Language Hebrew (with English subtitles)
Year of Release 2012
Running Time 112 minutes

Crew

Director Avi Nesher
Producer Moshe Edery
Producer Leon Edery
Producer Avraham Pirchi
Producer David Silber
Producer Chilik Michaeli
Producer Avi Nesher
Producer Tami Leon
Producer Natan Caspi
Co-Producer Shlomo Mograbi
Co-Producer Rami Damri
Co-Producer Eviatar Dotan
Director of Photography Michele Abramowicz A.F.C.
Editor Isaac Sehayek
Original Score Philippe Sarde
Writer Avi Nesher
Produced in Association with Keshet -  Hot - Praxis
Supported by the Yehoshua  Rabinovich Tel-Aviv Foundation for the Arts-Cinema Project

Cast

Yankele Bride Adir Miller
Clara Epstein Maya Dagan
Meir the Librarian Dror Keren
Yozi Burstein Dov Navon
Arik Burstein Tuval Shafir
Tamara Neta Porat
Nili Burstein Yarden Bar-Kochva
Sylvia Bat-El Papura
Moshe Abadi Kobi Farag
Tikva Abadi Yael Leventhal
Beni Abadi Tom Gal
Arik Burstein - Adult Eyal Shechter
Uncle Nadgi Eli Jaspan

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Synopsis

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.

Reviews

The Jewish Advocate

"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."

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Tallahassee Democrat

"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."

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Florida Jewish Journal

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."

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Watch highlights from The Jewish Channel's interview with writer/director Avi Nesher about his smash hit film The Matchmaker. (Segment begins at 6:30.)

Writer/director Avi Nesher spoke to NBC New York about The Matchmaker, and his inspiration for the film growing up in 60's Israel.

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