Once I Was (The Matchmaker) (2012) - Rotten Tomatoes

Once I Was (The Matchmaker) (2012)



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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. -- (C) Official Site
Art House & International , Drama
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Adir Miller
as Yankele Bride
Maya Dagan
as Clara Epstein
Don Navon
as Yozi Burstein
Dror Keren
as Meir the Librarian
Tuval Shafir
as Arik Burstein
Bat-el Papura
as Sylvia
Eli Jaspan
as Uncle Nadgi
Yael Leventhal
as Tikva Abadi
Neta Porat
as Tamara
Yarden Bar-Kochva
as Nili Burstein
Kobi Farag
as Moshe Abadi
Tom Gal
as Benny Abadi
Eyal Shechter
as Arik Burstein - Adult
Kobi Farag
as Moshe Abadi
Tom Gal
as Benny Abadi
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Critic Reviews for Once I Was (The Matchmaker)

All Critics (25) | 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.

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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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!

Jerry Kane
Jerry Kane

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