Dough (2015) Jonathan Pryce – Movie Review

Jonathan Pryce stars as elderly widower Nat, the current owner of the family’s century-old Jewish bakery that’s just barely been scraping by of late, mostly because his predominantly Jewish clientele are moving away from the East End London neighborhood (filmed mostly in Budapest) or dying off. When Nat’s only assistant leaves for a better paying job, he’s stuck having to do it all himself, unsuccessfully, as he advertises for a new apprentice, but the prospects are dismal. It’s bad enough that Nat, who moves slower and is woefully out of practice, isn’t going to be able to deliver the quality and quantity the shop needs to stay afloat; he really feels the squeeze when a greedy developer (who, we learn, also stole away his baker) buys the building and wants to push Nat out before the five years remaining on his lease.
Nat reluctantly accepts the services of his Muslim African refugee shop cleaner’s son, Ayyash, who needs a cover job in order to start to peddle drugs and make much needed money for his family to get out of the dilapidated slum in which they currently reside. Ayyash doesn’t have time for both his full-time job and his drug dealing, so he decides to do both at once while at the bakery, unbeknownst to Nat. When Ayyash rashly hides a stash of weed inside a mixing machine, causing the latest batch of kosher baked goods to give their customers a lift, repeat business begins to pick up for the first time in many years. Seeing this opportunity to both help himself and his kindly boss who will certainly lose his livelihood, he decides he can kill two birds with one stone by selling his weed through by keeping the customers as baked as the items they purchase.

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