• Release Date: August 17, 2012
  • Run Time: 1 hr 52 min
  • Rating: NR
  • Cast: Adir Miller, Dror Keren, Dov Navon
  • Director: Avi Nesher
  • Genre: Art House/Foreign

Synopsis: The time is 1968. The summer of love has come and gone in the United States, and Israel has just come out of the Six-Day War. Teenaged Arik dreams of becoming a war hero as he grows up in a quiet, respectable Haifa household, and like the rest of the inhabitants of the city, he prefers not to talk about his family’s past as Holocaust survivors. Arik meets the daunting and affably sad matchmaker Yankele Bride, a childhood friend of his father’s from the old country and a fellow survivor, and is swept into a job as his assistant. Arik relishes his days working for Yankele in the so-called Lower City, a portside neighborhood bustling with sailors, outcasts, prostitution, gambling, contraband and movie theaters. Yankele sees matchmaking as his life’s mission, and “specializes in special people,” who he fears are at risk of a life without love.
*Note: In Hebrew with English subtitles.