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A teenager learns some important lessons about love and life one summer in this romantic drama from director [[Performer~P104290~Avi Nesher~avinesher]]. It's 1968, and culturally Israel is finally letting go of the style and mores of the 1950s as the upheaval of the '60s is beginning to make itself felt. Arik ([[Performer~P672450~Tuval Shafir~tuvalshafir]]) is a 16-year-old boy with a taste for detective novels who is looking for a summer job. Arik's father introduces him to someone who can put him to work -- Yankele Bride ([[Performer~P529329~Adir Miller~adirmiller]]) is a matchmaker who finds mates for lonely souls, and he gives Arik a job digging up information on potential mates for his clients. Yankele's philosophy is to give people "what they need, not what they want," and he searches for mates for a variety of clients, ranging from a beautiful midget (Bat-el Papura) to a bitter librarian ([[Performer~P497825~Dror Kenen~drorkeren]]). Arik also finds himself falling in love when he meets Tamara (Neta Porat), a girl with a wild streak who is spending the simmer in Haifa. But Arik isn't sure why the matchmaker who is so clearly infatuated with the pretty Clara ([[Performer~P672449~Maya Dagan~mayadagan]]) is still single, and the boy also tries to make sense of some gossip about how Yankele survived the holocaust. The Matchmaker received its North American premiere at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:August 17, 2012

Cast

Adir Miller
as Yankele Bride
Maya Dagan
as Clara Epstein
Dror Keren
as Meir the Librarian
Tuval Shafir
as Arik Burstein

Crew

Avi Nesher
Director
Leon Edery
Producer
Chilik Michaeli
Producer
Avi Nesher
Producer
Tami Leon
Producer
Avraham Pirchi
Producer
David Silber
Producer
Avi Nesher
Screenwriter
Michel Abramowicz
Cinematographer
Philippe Sarde
Composer (Music Score)
Isaac Sehayek
Editor
Miguel Markin
Art Director
Rami Damri
Co-producer
Shlomo Mograbi
Co-producer
David Liss
Sound Mixer
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