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DOUGH

★★★

FRESHLY BAKED

JEWISH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW
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By Brent Davidson
2nd November 2015

I love a film that follows the “Guaranteed to make you awwww” formula of two people from very different backgrounds put in the same situation who, at first, sort of hate each other but then overcome their religious or racial (or both!) boundaries and develop deeper understandings, respect and friendship. If only the world could understand this, we could all get along a bit better. Maybe we just need a little something to mellow us all out?

When all of the local businesses are bought up by the evil conglomerate, an old Jewish baker, Nat (Jonathan Pryce) refuses to sell up. His apprentice is offered a better position (sadly also with the conglomerate) and he is forced to find someone new. Hope is found in the most unlikely of places in Ayyash (Jerome Holder), a young Muslim boy just trying to stay out of trouble. Business suddenly booms after, unable to stay out of trouble, Ayyash “accidentally” adds an extra and special ingredient into the dough. With that ingredient being marijuana, you know you're in for a good time.

What fun this movie is! It’s so hard to not enjoy yourself; I challenge you not to at least chuckle! I’m not advocating the use of drugs, but it’s pretty clear from this movie that even a little bit can seemingly fix quite a few problems! My absolute favourite scene in the whole film was where Nat was sitting down for Shabbat and inadvertently getting his entire family stoned through the Challah he had made. It was in stark contrast to the lecturing he had both given to and received from his son at previous dinners, the family seemed to be coming together again, which from my limited but quickly expanding knowledge of such events is their whole purpose - although probably not from getting stoned.

It's hard not to be brought in by the heart of this film. The message of hope, with the unification of minorities in order to expose the corruption and bigotry of majorities is particularly poignant (especially in today’s political climate). It makes me have hope for the future. Who knows, maybe if our politicians smoked a couple of joints together the world might be a better place?

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