After the death of his part-time boyfriend, a taciturn German pastry chef moves to Jerusalem to function in the cafe of his lover's widow in The Cakemaker (Der Kuchenmacher), the debut feature from Israeli writer-director Ofir Raul Graizer xmovies8
. This is the sort of polite, hushed melodrama that may have a theoretically bisexual protagonist that is been made - or should that read neutered? - for your widest possible (straight) audience. To paraphrase the critic Jay Weissberg, this is the sort of queer film which don't ruffle the feathers of an granny in Manitoba, though rapid ejaculation bound to make more discerning audiences groan.
Not only will there be hardly any lushly shot food porn here - sawdust-dry cookies just don't look very sexy and therefore are even less appealing when decorated with chemically colored toppings - but there is however hardly a soupcon with the physicality of queer desire by any means, whereas heterosexual kissing gets long and luscious close-ups. And rather than plumbing the depths with the potentially bottomless thematic well that's the intersection of grief and desire, this is the sort of respectfully muted drama which makes being queer and finding yourself in mourning look equally dull.
In that same conversation, the things they say sense Andrew J. Cohen's experience being a first time director, clearly led by way of a "let funny people be funny" filmmaking philosophy. It's an understandable impulse when you use a cast including not simply Ferrell, Poehler, Mantzoukas, Kroll and Huebel, and also Lennon Parham, Cedric Yarbrough, Michelle Watkins, and Andrea Savage, but every group scene finally ends up being so overloaded with jokes which it creates a dangerous of improvisation transparency -- where you could see the wheels turning from the actor's head before they are saying something funny. It not just messes with all the overall timing in every given sequence, but just goes out with the film.
The House actually wrapped production completely back in January of 2016, and once a comedy is within post-production to the long moviehdmax
, it's typically a signal that the filmmakers and also the studio are experiencing a tough time picking out the funny movie to develop out of all in the footage. They had the full year and a half, nonetheless it still happens empty. The film isn't without its highlights, since it does successfully head to some extremes to have some solid laughs, but walking out from the theater you can not help but think, "Why wasn't that better?"