The shadow of the Holocaust hangs over this unique Israeli coming-of-age film, which deals with a special kind of survivor's guilt.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
This is a sweet, bittersweet comedy, well-executed if perhaps a little heavy on anecdotage.
A different kind of coming-of-age story, one infused with the lingering horrors of the Holocaust.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
A movie that's somehow delightful even as it visits devastation.
| Original Score: B+
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.
Arik's coming-of-age story and the personalities he encounters along the way express the hopes and fears of a country awash in unsettling history.
Feels like Nesher is simply mashing several stock elements together and gracelessly parading them around.
| Original Score: 2/5
The Matchmaker combines the tender tone of a film like Cinema Paradiso with a clear-eyed, street-level vantage on Israel's summer of the Six-Day War.
It sounds like a throwback to an earlier, more traditional style of Israeli filmmaking but it instead provides a view of that country that's as satisfyingly eccentric and unexpected as anything we've seen.
| Original Score: 4/5
Points to Nesher for maintaining an even balance between the darker and lighter shades of his palette, not to mention the subtlety with which he moves from one to the other.
[It weaves] fable with realism, coming-of-age innocence with adult grief, and guilt with romanticism.
This look back at late-'60s Haifa makes for strong, accessible, character-driven drama.