Ended on 6/27/2013

ALIYAH -  (unrated)

2013 - France - French (with English subtitles) - 90 minutes - Film Movement

Directed by: Elie Wajeman

Featuring: Pio Marmaï, Cédric Kahn, Adèle Haenel

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Alex, 27, lives in a working-class Paris neighborhood and sells drugs for a living, continuously paying off the debts of his brother Isaac (played by French auteur Cedric Kahn), who's becoming a real burden. When his cousin, who has just returned from completing his military service in Israel, tells him he's opening a restaurant in Tel Aviv, Alex thinks that joining him might be the life-changing opportunity he was waiting for. In order to leave, Alex must quickly find enough money and accomplish his "aliyah" (the term for Jews emigrating to Israel) which involves, among other things, Hebrew lessons and connecting with his Jewish roots. He also has to leave behind his beloved city of Paris, his former lover Esther, his lifelong friend Mathias, and Jeanne, a woman whom he's just met but has the potential of becoming someone important in his life. Torn between making his aliyah, his drug selling, his complicated love life and a destructive brother, Alex will have to find his own way and make a final decision.

"A subtly effective drama-cum-thriller from budding auteur Elie Wajeman!"
– Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

"Beautifully conceived and executed!"
– Fionnuala Halligan, Screen Daily

"Cleverly cinematic! [An] intimate and dexterous debut feature."
– Boyd Van Hoeij, Variety

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Posted by : Jan Lisa Huttner Date Added: 6/16/2013 12:50:25 AMreport this post 
Terrific film: I came to care deeply about the main characters & film kept me guessing about what would happen to them next right up to the very last scene. If you are not Jewish, film stands on its own. If you are Jewish, add profound questions of identity & the place Israel holds in the Diasporic imagination. Bravo to director Elie Wajeman! Brava to screenwriter Gaëlle Macé!

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