Dough is a film written by
Jonathan Benson and Jez Freedman and directed by John Goldschmidt. It
stars award-winning actor Jonathan Pryce who has the capability of
successfully portraying characters of different ethnicities.
In the film, Price plays
widower Nat Dayan who is the owner of a Kosher Bakery, Dayan & Son,
in East London. Son, in this instance, refers to Nat who worked with his
father and continued to run the bakery after his demise. It is his wish
that his son take over the bakery, but his son is a successful lawyer
with no desire to work or run the bakery.
The neighborhood is changing,
the business is not going so well, and his son wishes that his father
would sell the bakery and retire. A neighborhood market owned by rival
Sam Cotton (Philip David), plans to add a bakery department in his store
and put Nat out-of-business altogether. Nat is desperate to find a new
helper or, otherwise, he may have to close down.
Nat’s cleaning lady, Safa, a
Muslim woman learns that Nat is looking for an apprentice. Safa happens
to have a young son, Ayyash (Jerome Holder), and she pleads with Nat to
give her son a chance to work with him. Unbeknownst to Safa, Ayyash has
been in touch with the local drug kingpin, Victor (Ian Hart), wanting to
deal drugs to earn money so that he can better life for himself and his
mother. But Victor will only hire people who have jobs as cover-up for
their illegal activities.
Ayyash begins apprenticing for
Nat, and by doing so, Victor hires him, as well, to distribute
marijuana. Ayyash begins selling “special” bagel and bread orders
with “extra poppy seeds” that begin to enhance Nat’s business. One
day he accidentally spills the marijuana from the packet into the bread
dough that he was mixing. Suddenly everyone wants to buy challah from
the Dayan & Son Bakery. The lines are forming outside as customers
fight to purchase the bread! Business is booming!
Nat and Ayyash begin
formulating a close relationship until the day the police drop by the
bakery to call on Ayyash, who panics and drops his packet of marijuana
on the floor as he was about to put it on the bread dough that was in
the oven. When Sam Cotton drops by the bakery to see what is causing
such a run for Nat’s Challah, he accidentally spies the marijuana on
the floor in front of the oven.
Things look bad for Nat etal.
But this is a story about how a religious Jew, an old man, and a devout
Muslim, a young boy, are able to formulate a loving relationship despite
their disparate backgrounds. Therefore, you can expect that the “bad
guys” will lose out, and the “good guys” will win. Jonathan Pryce
and Jerome Holder can easily win your heart with their performances.
Playing at the Laemmle Royal, Pasadena
Playhouse 7, and Encino Town Center 5.
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