In the summer of 1968 in Haifa, Israel, a teenager named Arik (Tuval Shafir) finds his lazy vacation from school overtaken by an unexpected gig: doing background checks for a mysterious, scarred matchmaker who lives in a colorful, low-rent part of town. Inwritten and directed by Avi Nesher, Arik’s coming-of-age story and the personalities he encounters along the way express the hopes and fears of a country awash in unsettling history.
Mr. Nesher’s film, inspired by Amir Gutfreund’s book “When Heroes Fly” and told as an extended flashback with Arik’s periodic voice-overs, is grounded in characters who have the slightly larger-than-life cinematic quality of childhood memories.
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2010 / 112 min