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The Awakening of Motti Wolkenbruch (2018)

Wolkenbruchs wunderliche Reise in die Arme einer Schickse (original title)
Young Jewish man bucks orthodox traditions (and mother's meddling) by shaving, shopping outside the faithful, and considering a shiksa for a wife.


Michael Steiner


Thomas Meyer
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Joel Basman ... Motti Wolkenbruch
Noémie Schmidt ... Laura
Udo Samel ... Tate Moishe Wolkenbruch
Sunnyi Melles ... Frau Silberzweig
Inge Maux Inge Maux ... Mame Judith Wolkenbruch
Lena Kalisch ... Michal Süskind
Aaron Arens Aaron Arens ... Yossi
Meytal Gal ... Jael (as Meytal Gal Swisa)
Eli Gorenstein ... Rabbi Jonathan (as Eli Gornstein)
Idit Teperson ... Malka the Rabbi's Wife
Rachel Braunschweig ... Frau Süsskind
Lea Whitcher Lea Whitcher ... Bracha Freudenberg
Friederike Frerichs Friederike Frerichs ... Bubbe Wolkenbruch
Michael von Burg Michael von Burg ... Schloime Wolkenbruch
Oriana Schrage ... Dana Wolkenbruch
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Young orthodox Jew Mordechai Wolkenbruch, called Motti, has a serious problem: All the women, whom his mama introduces to him as potential wives, look just like her. Fellow student Laura, however, does not, at all - but unfortunately she is a schikse. She wears pants, has a nice tuches, drinks gin and tonic, and swears. Motti begins to have doubts about the predetermined path given by his parents as the road for him to follow? His obedience towards his mother's disturbing methods starts to fade as his passion for Laura grows. Things take their course, and very soon Motti comes to a conclusion: even schiksen can be totally nuts. Written by Thomas Meyer/edited by statmanjeff

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Official submission of Switzerland for the 'Best International Feature Film' category of the 92nd Academy Awards in 2020. See more »


Frau Silberzweig: What was it... that came to an end besides me?
Motti: What do you mean?
Frau Silberzweig: The coffin, the one we saw on your last visit - "Something's coming to an end" - what was it?
Motti: Everything, basically.
Frau Silberzweig: Very good.
Motti: Why?
Frau Silberzweig: Now you have room.
Motti: Room for what?
Frau Silberzweig: For everything.
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Written and performed by Shahar Swissa
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a light European movie that makes you happy
1 November 2019 | by fuljahSee all my reviews

The leading actor Joel Bassman was really cool and the movie was written and directed very adequately.. The supporting actors were all great.. I enjoyed it so much... I recommend it to anybody that wants a movie that will make them happy..

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25 October 2019 (USA) See more »

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