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The Matchmaker

  • Israel / 2010 / 112min / Bluray / Colour
  • Original Title : The Matchmaker
  • Language : Hebrew
  • Genre : Drama
  • Director : Avi Nesher
  • Screenwriter : Avi Nesher, Amir Gutfreund (novel)
  • Cinematographer : Michel Abramowicz
  • Editor : Isaac Sehayek
  • Cast : Adir Miller, Maya Dagan, Tuval Shafir


Arik, a teenage boy growing up in Haifa in 1968, gets a job working for Yankele Bride, a matchmaker. Yankele, a mysterious Holocaust survivor, has an office in back of a movie theatre that shows only love stories, run by a family of seven Romanian dwarves in the seedy area by the port. As Arik begins to learn the mysteries of the human heart through his work with Yankele, he falls in love with Tamara, his friend Beni’s cousin. Tamara has just returned from America and is full of talk of women’s rights, free love and rock and roll. The disparate parts of Arik’s life collide in unexpected, often funny and very moving ways as he lives through a summer that changes him forever.

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