Israel, Germany, 115 min., 2016/2017, Age rating: -
Director: Ofir Raul Graizer
With Tim Kalkhof, Sarah Adler, Roy Miller
During a trip to Berlin, Israeli business man Oren pays a visit to Café Kredenz where he encounters not only delicious pastries, but also Thomas, a taciturn young baker. The two fall in love and Oren begins to lead a double life, sharing it between his family in Jerusalem and his secret lover in Berlin. When Oren is killed in a car crash, Thomas goes to Jerusalem and finds work at the café of Oren’s widow. Whilst delighting the customers with his cookies, he immerses himself in the Israeli culture and grasps a greater understanding of the difficult religious rules that dictate everyday-life there.
Director Ofir Raul Grazier does not bake coarse, heavy bread in his debut production. Instead, he offers a fine selection of sophisticated delicacies. He gets his flavorings just right. A slight hint or suggestion is enough. Looks and gestures mean more than words. Even the kneading of dough is filled with sensuality. Tenderly and furtively, the camera follows the lonely lives of the secretive characters, capturing their longing and silent desire. Israel is sending this beautiful movie to compete at the Oscars. (Knut Elstermann)