Once I Was (The Matchmaker) (2012)
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as Yankele Bride
as Clara Epstein
as Yozi Burstein
as Meir the Librarian
as Arik Burstein
as Uncle Nadgi
as Tikva Abadi
as Nili Burstein
as Arik Burstein - Adult
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Critic Reviews for Once I Was (The Matchmaker)
The shadow of the Holocaust hangs over this unique Israeli coming-of-age film, which deals with a special kind of survivor's guilt.
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.
Audience Reviews for Once I Was (The Matchmaker)
This is quite an engaging film -- a mash-up and a throwback to the kind of Israeli films made in the seventies. The usual themes are there - Holocaust survivor tales, coming of age in an old / new land -- complex characters whose secrets reveal themselves as the plot unfolds. "The Matchmaker"'s Hebrew title is "Once upon a time..." which may be more appropriate, because it tells a tale with a beginning, middle and not so-satisfying end. For Israel buffs, this may be just your cup of tea... with a cube of sugar in your teeth!
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