The Awakening of Motti Wolkenbruch (2018)


“In Jewish circles, our life is clearly planned for us; we are born, get circumcised, have a Bar Mitzvah and later we marry a girl who is as devout as we are.” – Motti

Number of Times Seen – 1 (27 Oct 2019)

Brief Synopsis – An Orthodox Jewish man living in Switzerland tries to get more exposed to the outside world when he goes to study in a local college.

My Take on it – Being a religious Jew, I was intrigued by this film because it is rare that a mainstream movie features an Orthodox Jew as its main character.

I’m personally not a part of the sect that is portrayed here but I am very familiar with it.

Most films that do use characters from this part of my religion get so much wring that it just never feels realistic enough along the way.

This movie deals with the question of what can happen to a character who grows up in a sheltered life if he is exposed to the extreme opposite.

Similar to Fiddler on the Roof (1971), this movie tries to look at how one can find a way to combine both faith and secularism in a world dominated by the latter which still clinging on to your past tradition as much as possible,

This story actually works on numerous levels because the characters fleshed out even if in most cases they are portrayed quite stereo-typically.

I was disappointed tho by many of the errors of the film maker which regard to the way of life of these characters and I would have expected them to have done more homework before presenting things like this.

There are too many instances where they have Orthodox Jews doing things that would never do.

The stry itself though remains light and fun as we follow this character in a journey of rediscovery.

The great thing that they do here is show his struggles along the way because he is seeking the best of both worlds with the hope that he can achieve it without having to give up anything from the other way of life which might not actually be possible.

Bottom Line – Interesting idea about how a character growing up in a very sheltered life could get a fresh look at the word and want to make changes to the way he lives yet still cling on to as much of his faith and past as possible. The story works on numerous levels but I was a bot disappointed that they didn’t do enough homework on the way of life of Orthodox Jews which causes many mistakes in the story that would never be able to happen.  The story remains light and enjoyable as we follow this young man on a journey of rediscovery and they constantly wave the idea above our heads that he is torn between the two societies that he is constantly yearning to be a part of. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Official submission of Switzerland for the ‘Best International Feature Film’ category of the 92nd Academy Awards in 2020. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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