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Pastry, Pain and Politics (1998)

For Mr.Weintraub, an elderly Jew from New York, all Arabs are terrorists, and for Hayat, a young Palestinian woman, all Jews are thieves and murderers. Mrs. Weintraub, a Holocaust survivor,... See full summary »

Director:

Stina Werenfels

Writer:

Stina Werenfels
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3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Viola Harris Viola Harris ... Mrs. Weintraub
Jack Carter ... Mr. Weintraub
Nezâ Selbuz ... Hayat
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Stefan Rutz Stefan Rutz ... Mr. Misbei
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For Mr.Weintraub, an elderly Jew from New York, all Arabs are terrorists, and for Hayat, a young Palestinian woman, all Jews are thieves and murderers. Mrs. Weintraub, a Holocaust survivor, never again wants to set foot on German soil. The story unfolds when the Weintraubs, on their way to Israel, stop in Switzerland. While eating rich German pastry, Mr. Weintraub collapses, and is rushed to a hospital where Hayat, the nurse, has to take care of him. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Switzerland

Language:

English | Yiddish | Swiss German

Release Date:

19 June 1998 (Switzerland) See more »

Also Known As:

Doces, Dores e Política See more »

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a Swiss comedy - both funny and unsettling
1 June 1999 | by naxashSee all my reviews

Pastry Pain and Politics is one of the best Swiss film of the 1990s. Stina Werenfels has created a comedy that deals with the holocaust, racism and the suffering of the Palestinian people. Fritzleben and Chayele Weinstein, American citizens, are staying in Switzerland -- holidays. They meet a German couple, and Fritz chokes on a piece of Schwarzwaelder cake: he has to go to the hospital. He is shocked when he finds out that nurse Khaya is Palestinian. Then Chayele and Khaya go out on a trip; but when Chayele realizes that they passed the German border Chayele panics: Khaya stops the car. The two women now have to go back to Switzerland: on the way a rough dispute on Israel and Palestine develops. Chayele, who survived the holocaust, is afraid because they didn't let her in during W.W. II, Khaya is afraid because she hasn't got a passport.

In the meantime, Fritzleben has to deal with his racist Swiss neighbour in the hospital -- he hates both Jews and Arabs -- like Khaya has to deal with her racist boss.


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