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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
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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 Oriana Schrage ... Dana Wolkenbruch


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

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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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Entertaining; and you want to know what's going to happen ....
21 February 2020 | by PeterHerrmannSee all my reviews

... and that's usually a basic requirement of a good movie (or book, or anything). Very amusing. Very entertaining. Granted, a bit of stereotyping (and some of it perhaps done wrongly). But well put together. And you like all the characters (another component of what makes for a good movie); and they're interesting.

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25 October 2019 (USA) See more »

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