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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 »


Motti: There's a very clear scheme of life for Jewish men: we are born, get circumcised on the eighth day, have our Bar Mitzvah at the age of thirteen, and later we marry a Jewish woman who is as pious as we are. And then it's time to make babies, one after another. And in between, we work and pray, become grandfathers and great-grandfathers until, one day, we die, and the soul becomes bound up in the eternal bundle of life. So it is written. Everything nicely laid out, whether you like it or not.
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1 November 2019 | by abethcomaSee all my reviews

They hit it out of the park with this. Very funny and gives a nice view into modern Jewish culture, at least from the perspective of a young man. Definitely recommend watching it with subtitles and the original audio. Gives a much better portrayal of emotion.

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25 October 2019 (USA) See more »

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