370. The Cakemaker: Obsessions, Loss and Character Development in Movies
Discussing an interesting movie called ‘The Cakemaker’ (Der Kuchenmacher/ האופה מברלין) and exploring the possible ways to make sense of the main character’s mindset, the driving force behind his seemingly erratic actions and add more to what could have been a character development to outgrow a loss – and a perception of lack in his life – into a much more fulfilling way. Of course, that would be another movie, but I enjoy being able to make sense of what may seem absurd decisions and project an ideal outcome that could leave the audience with a lot more to learn about ourselves when it comes to overcoming loss in relationships, dealing with certain obsessions and instead opening up different avenues for self-fulfillment in life.
Thomas, a young German baker, is having an affair with Oren, an Israeli married man who has frequent business visits in Berlin. When Oren dies in a car crash in Israel, Thomas travels to Jerusalem seeking answers regarding his death. Under a fabricated identity, Thomas infiltrates into the life of Anat, his lover’s newly widowed wife, who owns a small café in downtown Jerusalem. Thomas starts to work for her and create German cakes and cookies that bring life into her café.