Once I Was (The Matchmaker) (2012)

Once I Was (The Matchmaker)



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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Amir Gutfreund, Avi Nesher
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Menemsha Films - Official Site



as Yankele Bride

as Clara Epstein

as Yozi Burstein

as Meir the Librarian

as Arik Burstein

as Uncle Nadgi

as Tikva Abadi

as Tamara

as Nili Burstein

as Moshe Abadi

as Arik Burstein - Adul...

as Benny Abadi
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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (13)

The shadow of the Holocaust hangs over this unique Israeli coming-of-age film, which deals with a special kind of survivor's guilt.

Full Review… | March 14, 2013
Seattle Times
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Nesher ... has a populist touch, showing a sure hand with the numerous subplots and never allowing us to lose sight of his characters' humanity, even the mostly pathetic villain of the piece.

Full Review… | December 14, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
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This is a sweet, bittersweet comedy, well-executed if perhaps a little heavy on anecdotage.

Full Review… | December 13, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times
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A different kind of coming-of-age story, one infused with the lingering horrors of the Holocaust.

Full Review… | December 6, 2012
Arizona Republic
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A movie that's somehow delightful even as it visits devastation.

Full Review… | October 19, 2012
Detroit News
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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.

Full Review… | August 17, 2012
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