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The Matchmaker (2010)

Once I Was (original title)
During the summer of 1968 a teenage boy goes to work for a matchmaker who has survived the Holocaust - both their lives are forever altered.

Director:

Avi Nesher

Writers:

Amir Gutfreund (novel), Avi Nesher (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adir Miller ... Yankele Bride
Maya Dagan ... Clara Epstein
Dror Keren ... Meir the Librarian
Tuval Shafir Tuval Shafir ... Arik Burstein
Neta Porat Neta Porat ... Tamara
Bat-El Papura Bat-El Papura ... Sylvia
Dov Navon ... Yozi Burstein
Yarden Bar-Kochba ... Nili Burstein (as Yarden Bar Kochva)
Yael Levental ... Tikva Abadi (as Yael Leventhal)
Kobi Farag ... Moshe Abadi (as Kobi Faraj)
Tom Gal Tom Gal ... Benny Abadi
Eli Yatzpan ... Uncle Nadgi
Eyal Shehter Eyal Shehter ... Arik Burstein (Adult) (as Eyal Schechter)
Ya'ackov Bodo ... Advocate Segelson (as Yaacov Bodo)
Tair Leah Arad Tair Leah Arad ... Michal Abadi
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Storyline

During the summer of 1968 a teenage boy goes to work for a matchmaker who has survived the Holocaust - both their lives are forever altered.

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He gets you what you need, not what you want!

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Drama

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Country:

Israel

Language:

Hebrew

Release Date:

17 August 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A házasságközvetítõ See more »

Filming Locations:

Haifa, Israel

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Budget:

$2,150,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Authors mentioned by Meir and Arik in the library include Dashiell Hammett, Ernest Hemingway, Shmuel Yosef Agnon (1888 -1970; Nobel Prize laureate writer and a major figure of modern Hebrew writing) and Yehiel Dinur (1909 - 2001; also spelled Dinoor or De-Nur; also known by his pen name Ka-Tsetnik, a Jewish writer and Holocaust survivor). See more »

Goofs

Arik has a promotional picture of John Wayne from the film, "The Cowboys:", on his wall. This film was not released until i972, 4 years after this film's setting. See more »

Crazy Credits

Composer Philippe Sarde wishes to dedicate his score in memory of his grandmother Marie. See more »

Connections

References The Cowboys (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Sunshine of Your Love
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Written by Jack Bruce (as Bruce), Pete Brown (as Brown) and Eric Clapton (as Clapton)
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(P) 1965 Polygram Int./Universal Music Group
Under License and Courtesy of Universal Music Group / Helicon Ltd.
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This is what I'm talking' about...!!!
8 January 2016 | by avocadessSee all my reviews

THIS is how movies should be made -- but all to often are not...! When it comes to the movies that have been coming out in the past 30-plus years, but most especially the past 15 years, I pretty much have lost my appetite for film-watching as a hobby. Fortunately, there are some exceptions to the rule, the THE MATCHMAKER, set in Israel, is one of them! Forget the Hollywood formula flicks, special effects, "cool" creeps and so much in recent films that have all but ruined movies for me. Once in a while, when I have just about lost all hope, I can still find a jewel like this film.

I'm not going to tell you anything about it, except that it is "all that," without the vulgarities that run rampant in films today or the philosophical slants that try to convince the viewer that black is white and white is black. Nope. It's just excellent -- the story line, the cinematography, the acting, the settings. Just plain excellent. BRAVO!


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