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During the summer of 1968 a teenage boy goes to work for a matchmaker who has survived the Holocaust - both their lives are forever altered.

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Avi Nesher

Writers:

Amir Gutfreund (novel), Avi Nesher (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adir Miller ... Yankele Bride
Maya Dagan ... Clara Epstein
Dror Keren ... Meir the Librarian
Tuval Shafir Tuval Shafir ... Arik Burstein
Neta Porat Neta Porat ... Tamara
Bat-El Papura Bat-El Papura ... Sylvia
Dov Navon ... Yozi Burstein
Yarden Bar-Kochba ... Nili Burstein (as Yarden Bar Kochva)
Yael Levental ... Tikva Abadi (as Yael Leventhal)
Kobi Farag ... Moshe Abadi (as Kobi Faraj)
Tom Gal Tom Gal ... Benny Abadi
Eli Yatzpan ... Uncle Nadgi
Eyal Shehter Eyal Shehter ... Arik Burstein (Adult) (as Eyal Schechter)
Ya'ackov Bodo ... Advocate Segelson (as Yaacov Bodo)
Tair Leah Arad Tair Leah Arad ... Michal Abadi
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During the summer of 1968 a teenage boy goes to work for a matchmaker who has survived the Holocaust - both their lives are forever altered.

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He gets you what you need, not what you want!

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Country:

Israel

Language:

Hebrew

Release Date:

17 August 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A házasságközvetítõ See more »

Filming Locations:

Haifa, Israel

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Budget:

$2,150,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Authors mentioned by Meir and Arik in the library include Dashiell Hammett, Ernest Hemingway, Shmuel Yosef Agnon (1888 -1970; Nobel Prize laureate writer and a major figure of modern Hebrew writing) and Yehiel Dinur (1909 - 2001; also spelled Dinoor or De-Nur; also known by his pen name Ka-Tsetnik, a Jewish writer and Holocaust survivor). See more »

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Arik has a promotional picture of John Wayne from the film, "The Cowboys:", on his wall. This film was not released until i972, 4 years after this film's setting. See more »

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Composer Philippe Sarde wishes to dedicate his score in memory of his grandmother Marie. See more »

Connections

References The Graduate (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

White Rabbit
Performed by Jefferson Airplane
Written by Grace Slick
© Irving Music
(P) 1967 RCA/Sony-BMG
Courtesy of Sony-BMG/NMC United Entertainment Ltd.
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Good-hearted, well acted, overdesigned
2 July 2010 | by NozzSee all my reviews

When they came to Israel, survivors from Nazi Europe did not manage to leave their emotional scars behind.

Even decades later, they found themselves misunderstood by those who had not been "there" in Europe, but in some cases (at least as portrayed in this movie) they thought of love as the great healer and pursued it. They pursued individual love, not free love or universal love, so it is strange that the movie adds a subplot, with an explicit contrast, about the first stirrings of imported Woodstock culture in Israel. Too much, I think. I would rather have seen the story take place ten years earlier and leave out the counterculture. Two cultures, that of the European-born and that of the Israeli-born, would have been contrast enough. I would also rather have seen less effort put into a reconstruction of a square in the Haifa port area that makes it look too vibrant, too colorful, too Fellinesque. (This may be the first Israeli movie that would have benefited from a smaller budget.) But when the movie is on-topic and concentrates on the adult characters rather than on the dream-Haifa set, the period props, or the invasion of American music, it works very well and with the help of some admirable actors, it creates something fresh and good-hearted.


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