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Once I Was (2010)

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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Yankele Bride
... Clara Epstein
... Meir the Librarian
Tuval Shafir ... Arik Burstein
Neta Porat ... Tamara
Bat-El Papura ... Sylvia
... Yozi Burstein
... Nili Burstein (as Yarden Bar Kochva)
... Tikva Abadi (as Yael Leventhal)
... Moshe Abadi (as Kobi Faraj)
Tom Gal ... Benny Abadi
... Uncle Nadgi
Eyal Shehter ... Arik Burstein (Adult) (as Eyal Schechter)
... Advocate Segelson (as Yaacov Bodo)
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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Also Known As:

A házasságközvetítõ  »

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$2,150,000 (estimated)
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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 »

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References The Cowboys (1972) See more »

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Magic Carpet Ride
Performed by Steppenwolf
Written by Rushton Moreve (as Moreve) and John Kay (as Kay)
© Duchess Music Corp.
(P) 1968 ABC Records / Under License and Courtesy of Universal Music Group / Helicon Ltd.
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Engrossing Drama and Recreates a Time That Was
8 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

This film is a success on several levels. First of all, it is an engrossing drama and coming of age story and second it recreates a time and place long gone. The coming of age story involves a 16 year old boy's contact with a warm hearted but slightly sleazy character from his father's youth. Perhaps I related to this young man because I too, at the age of 16, had a similar character in my life. And life after all, is about learning to deal with various situations, some of which have to potential to corrupt you, but all of which are learning experiences. Many films present a story, but do not give you a reason to care about the characters. This film fully develops the characters and, consequently, give you a reason to care about their outcomes. Some reviews have a criticized a sub plot involving a beautiful young women. Really, were you ever a 16 year old boy?. Is it possible to have a story about a 16 year old and not have sex in it?

I also liked the recreation of 1968 Israel, a place and time I never saw even though I was offered a summer kibbutz experience as a 16 year old in 1969. The Hebrew name of the film translates as "Once I was". The Israel of today, which I know well (I learned to speak Hebrew as an adult), is very different, in some ways better and some ways worse. I cannot speak for the authenticity of the recreation, but the film certainly captured some of the major conflicts in the society without ever devolving to into an anti-Israel film.

The original name was a good choice and is more descriptive. Overall, this film is a success as a drama and as an historical essay.


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