The Matchmaker

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Once I Was (The Matchmaker) nimbly juggles light dramedy and real-world horror in a coming-of-age story with an impactfully unusual perspective.

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In 1968 a teenage boy starts working for a Holocaust survivor who acts as a matchmaker, and both of their lives change forever.

Cast & Crew

Adir Miller
Yankele Bride
Dror Keren
Meir the Librarian
Dov Navon
Yozi Burstein
Maya Dagan
Clara Epstein
Tuval Shafir
Arik Burstein
Kobi Faraj
Moshe Abadi
Yael Levental
Tikva Abadi
Avi Nesher
Screenwriter
Chilik Michaeli
Executive Producer
Avi Nesher
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David Silber
Executive Producer
Ishay Mor
Executive Producer
Philippe Sarde
Original Music
Michel Abramowicz
Cinematographer
Isaac Sehayek
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Miguel Markin
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Critic Reviews for Once I Was (The Matchmaker)

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (22) | 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 | Rating: 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.

    December 14, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • This is a sweet, bittersweet comedy, well-executed if perhaps a little heavy on anecdotage.

    December 13, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A different kind of coming-of-age story, one infused with the lingering horrors of the Holocaust.

    December 6, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • A movie that's somehow delightful even as it visits devastation.

    October 19, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    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…

    Joel Arnold

    NPR
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