The Matchmaker


Film Info

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


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


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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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.


Daily Variety

A memory play gold-dusted with adolescent longing and a strong sense of fable, "The Matchmaker" seems singular among Israeli features in the way it juxtaposes guilt with hope, national birth pains with youthful hubris, and utilizes an underside of Israeli life not usually exposed to public view. Nevertheless, this look back at late-'60s Haifa makes for strong, accessible, character-driven drama. 

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Additional info

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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