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Oma and Bella2012

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  • 4.3
  • passes the bechdel test
Two older Jewish women, best friends who live together in Berlin (and one of whom, Regina “Oma” Karolinski, is the filmmaker’s grandmother), are Holocaust survivors who have remained in Germany since the war. Oma and Bella spend their days telling stories and cracking jokes, dispensing advice and devoting the majority of their time to their greatest love of all, cooking. Their cooking is a passionate connection to their culture and heritage, a demonstration of their creativity and skill, and a showcase for some of the most unique and delicious looking dishes we’ve ever seen on film (Karolisnki has also recently self-published a cookbook featuring Oma and Bella’s one-of-a-kind recipes). OMA & BELLA paints an intimate portrait of two incredibly strong, funny, endearing women who look candidly at their lives as they both wrestle with the past and engage with the present.



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Very moving to see the tender friendship between these two women.

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Very moving to see the tender friendship between these two women.

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touching and entertaining. you will want to get in the kitchen and cook afterwards.

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Great film.

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Oma 5 stars


Bella 5 stars


25 stars

Very special movie, kind of an elixir .

Gentle and unaffected insight of contemporary day-to-day life for two marvelous women who survived the holocaust. It allows you to understand somewhat why don't survivor's talk about their experience - because it involves again being immersed in the experience and so much more. But the elan of these women is extraordinary and gives one hope.

I enjoyed these women and the friendship they have and to know once again hitler and his henchmen did not kill all human spirit. To go thru what these two went thru and still cook and laugh and cook,sing, cook and love was truly watching a spiritual experience and having one at the same time.

A story of life, survival, coping and friendship. Very real and very enjoyable.