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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 »


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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 ... 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/edited by statmanjeff

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German | Yiddish | Hebrew

Release Date:

25 October 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Zurich, Switzerland See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original title translates as "Wolkenbruch's Wondrous Journey into the Arms of a Shiksa." See more »


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Painfully funny
27 October 2019 | by chrismiedemaSee all my reviews

A very entertaining film, even hilarious. annoyingly enough I watched it with a bruised rib and the laughter was quite painful for me. enjoyed it very much!

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