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The Matchmaker (2010)

Once I Was (original title)
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.

Director:

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 ... 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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama

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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References The Cowboys (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Sharonit
Performed by Choir Raanana
Hebrew Folk Song Recordings
Accordionist: Zlil Biran
Choreography by Ofer Shafir
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One of the best Israelies movies ever.
24 April 2011 | by yaronyungSee all my reviews

Sensitive, funny and smart. This movie stay with you days after watching. The directing is accurate and Adir Miller is great as the main actor (The match maker). The story really reflects the life in Israel in the late 60s' and early 70s'. The sad story of the holocaust survivors, combined with the stories of those Jews who were born in Israel, and those who immigrated from other countries rather then from Europe, or those who immigrated before WWII is shown in a very delicate way through the story of a young teenager and the matchmaker. The movie also raises some interesting moral issues and as said, It leaves you to think about it days afterwards. Great movie!!!


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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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Box Office

Budget:

$2,150,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,920
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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