Thomas, a young and talented German baker, is having an affair with Oren, an Israeli married man who dies in a car crash. Thomas travels to Jerusalem seeking answers. Keeping his secret for himself, he starts working for Anat, his lover's widow, who owns a small café. Although not fully kosher and despised by the religious, his delicious cakes turn the place into a city attraction. Finding himself involved in Anat's life in a way far beyond his anticipation, Thomas will stretch his lie to a point of no return.Written by
Film Base Berlin
The Cakemaker touched me because it is a story where (1) the charaters are authentic and each one is commited with his own beliefs; beliefs that are difficult to reconcile with each other; and (2) my wish to witness a happy ending for all of these characters kept me in suspense until the end; an end in which it is possible to foresee a happy end for Thomas and Anat.
The direction and the actors did a good job, because the spectator can feel the feelings that the characters express.
Yet two points remain unclear to me: (1) what was going through Oren's head to reconcile the vocation of a head of a small family, who loves his wife and young boy, with a vocation of a gay who enjoys sexual contacts with other men? It seems to me unliketly to develop these two personalities in the same psyche. I would have preferred the story if his friendship with Thomas didn't include sex.
(2) What transformation took place in Thomas head to assume the role of Oren relatively to Oren's family? Did Thomas realized that it was existencially better to him to be Oren instead of Thomas? This scheme in which two personalities merge reminded me Bergman's Persona.
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