The cakemaker

The cakemaker

DVD - 2018 | Hebrew
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Thomas, a young German baker, has an affair with Oren, a married Israeli man. After Oren unexpectedly dies in a car crash, Thomas travels to Jerusalem seeking answers about his death. Under a fake identity, Thomas enters the life of Anat, his lover's newly widowed wife. There, he begins to work for Anat, baking pastries that bring her cafe to vibrant life. Thomas becomes deeply involved in her life beyond his own expectation and stretches the lie about himself to a point of no return.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Strand Releasing Home Video, 2018.
Copyright Date: ©2017
Branch Call Number: DVD FILM CAK
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (109 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches


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Feb 23, 2020

from Jewish Film Festival

Jul 03, 2019

Worth watching!

Jun 21, 2019

excellent film. unusual premise, but well done.

Jan 27, 2019

I enjoyed this heart breaking love story ~ it stayed with me for days. I think it was a great film

Jan 01, 2019

A wonderful warm movie about dealing with the loss of a loved one. The acting is crucial and hits the mark for me. Beware there are a few adult scenes that you may not be ready for. No spoiler but I don't like the way movies are ending these days.

Nov 16, 2018

Berlin pastry chef Thomas falls in love with married Israeli businessman Oren and the two begin a months-long affair, seeing each other whenever Oren’s job takes him to Germany. But when Oren is killed in a traffic accident back home Thomas seeks closure by travelling to Jerusalem where he begins to clandestinely spy on Anat, his dead lover’s unsuspecting widow. Food as metaphor is nothing new to cinema and director Ofir Raul Graizer (himself a cook of some renown) wastes no time in tying the delicate art of pastry making to the film’s fragile sense of sorrow and bittersweet longing. A simple cinnamon cookie becomes both an erotic vehicle and a rallying point of religious oppression when Anat’s orthodox brother-in-law balks at the idea of a non-kosher goy breaking eggs in her pantry. Unfortunately, like the film’s many flashes of gastro-porn, too much sugar ruins the recipe and in exploring the individual grief of his two protagonists Graizer too often skews his movie’s quiet pathos into outright melodrama with sad music in a minor key and a double-take resolution rooted in identity politics that smacks of artifice. And Thomas’ happy flashbacks to life with Oren consist mainly of the usual naked couplings (looking very awkward indeed) and clichéd chatter revolving around love and loneliness—apparently an ersatz marriage is better than nothing. Tim Kalkhof and Sarah Adler excel as the two widows and a welcome twist towards the end turns the film’s underlying theme on its ear, but the whole production still felt like a gay chick flick aimed at a straight audience.

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