The Cakemaker

2018 | Drama/LGBTQ | In English, Hebrew, and German with English subtitles | 104 minutes


Thomas is an amazing gay German baker in Berlin. Oren, a  businessman from Jerusalem, stops by every time he’s in Berlin to enjoy one of Thomas’s pastries. They become intimate. When Oren does not show up for some time Thomas finds out  he was killed in an automobile accident. Thomas is determined to uncover more about his lover’s background so he flies to Jerusalem. He meets Oren’s wife, Anat, and he wangles a job in her coffee shop. Thomas tells Anat nothing about his relationship with her deceased husband. He bakes some mouthwatering pastries and the coffee shop becomes very popular. Meanwhile, Anat feels she’s falling in love with Thomas. Sadly, Anat finds out the truth about Thomas and her husband and Thomas is forced to return to Berlin. Anat, confused and heartbroken, decides to go to Berlin and see Thomas again. Will Anat be able to resolve her painful conflict?

Tim Kalkhof (Thomas) / Roy Miller (Oren) / Sarah Adler (Anat)
Why Stream This Film?
It’s a heartbreaking story of a gay man and a widow grieving over the same man they loved. It’s done with great sensitivity in depicting this kind of love and then the pain they each bring to the other. 
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 98
  • Metacritic Score: 74
  • 75th Venice Film Festival, Winner, Golden Lion
  • Ten Academy Award Nominations. Winner: Best Best Foreign Language Film, Best Director (Alfonso Cuarón), Best Cinematographer (Alfonso Cuarón)
  • Festivals: Venice, Telluride, Toronto, New York
  • Best Film of 2018: Time Magazine and The New York Film Critics Circle

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Commendably, the film treats issues of sexuality and sexual identity as subtly  and indirectly as it does other potentially hot-button topics. Here, desire is fluid and multifaceted, and connected to many other life issues and emotions rather than being a factor explained by reductive labels and assumptions. The story is both convincing and quietly moving, a tale of emotional journeys and trials and the challenge of starting anew after tragedy. The brilliance of its telling marks a very auspicious debut by the talented director/writer Ofir Raul Graizer.
Godfrey Cheshire

Tracing with exemplary sensitivity the unlikely bond formed between a gay German baker and a Jerusalem-based widow of the man they both love, the film works a complex range of social and religious tensions into its heartsore narrative, without ever feeling sanctimonious or button-pushing. Graceful, intelligent with a consistent avoidance of judgment, letting their characters’ fears and foibles emerge without need for blunt exposition—while permitting them some secrets even from the audience.
Guy Lodge


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