Wolkenbruch's Wondrous Journey Into the Arms of a Shiksa | Chicago Reader

Wolkenbruch's Wondrous Journey Into the Arms of a Shiksa

This Swiss-German romantic comedy delivers on its whimsical title as it charts a virginal Orthodox Jew's picaresque, irreverent romp through the realm of women. Enduring yet another awkward shidduch (matchmaking attempt), a cutie-pie university student in Zürich (Joel Basman of Land of Mine and Hanna) breaks the fourth wall to complain to viewers about the chaste prospective brides picked for him; he much prefers his flirtatious non-Jewish German classmate (Noémie Schmidt), musing, "This is what is called, I think, a cognitive dissonance." Further rebellions, like shaving his beard and getting hipper glasses, prompt his family to compare him to Woody Allen. Basman actually more closely resembles the movie's screenwriter, comedic novelist Thomas Meyer (here adapting his own best seller), but the spirit of an earlier, more lighthearted Allen prevails in director Michael Steiner's several nods to Annie Hall. In Yiddish, German, and Hebrew with subtitles.

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