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The Matchmaker

The Matchmaker (2012)

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Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 1

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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

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Avi Nesher, Amir Gutfreund

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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (3)

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

March 14, 2013 Full Review Source: 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.

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

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

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

October 19, 2012 Full Review Source: 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.

August 17, 2012 Full Review Source: NPR
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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.

March 14, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
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Contains an undercurrent of real menace, not just candy nostalgia.

December 20, 2012 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

The Matchmaker is to fine drama what gefilte fish is to lox. Hold the cream cheese.

August 23, 2012 Full Review Source: CultureCatch
CultureCatch

Though aided by beautiful views of Haifa, some amusing entertainment, and flashes of poignancy, the appeal is mostly heavily laden, cross-generational nostalgia.

August 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

The film ultimately fails to treat history as anything but a string of melodramatic reference points for moody characters haplessly trying to find love.

August 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

A delightful, subtle Israeli coming-of-age comedy-drama.

August 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Compuserve
Compuserve

A fascinating Euro-Israeli rite of passage story...See this.

June 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

The jokes come naturally and frequently, but the film also haunts with unexpected potency...

June 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
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