The Matchmaker (2010)
Reviewed By: Avraham Azrieli
Avraham Azrieli's latest novel is "Deborah Rising" (HarperCollins 2016), the story of the first woman to lead a nation in human history. www.azrieibooks.com
This is a wonderful movie that recreates a time capsule–Haifa, Israel in the late sixties. Having grown up in Haifa during that time, I found the story and its setting incredibly authentic and moving. The plot is deep, sweet, and multi-layered. The characters are totally believable and captivating. The setting is not only historically accurate, but rich with the natural beauty of Haifa’s stunning bay, unique architecture, and long stone stairways that tie together the city’s staggered neighborhoods up and down the steep hills, dotted with apartment building that perch on gravity-defying slopes. The superb acting enriches the interweaving threads of colorful ethnic conflicts and tender social fragility in a society where almost everyone was an immigrant, and where many were scarred survivors of the Nazi horror. In summary, a film of high quality, broad perspective, and deep feelings – should not be missed!