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Alila (2004)

Alila (2004)




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Directed by Amos Gitai, Alila is based on Yehoshua Kenaz's novel Returning Lost Love and chronicles the trials and tribulations of every day life in Tel Aviv. Most of the film revolves around an apartment block on the working-class borders of Tel Aviv, where the trysts of residents Hezi (Amos Lavie) and Gabi (Yael Abecassis) attract their neighbors' attention, as does the unauthorized construction of an additional wing to the building. A neighboring family patriarch, meanwhile, is dealing with legal troubles (he hired illegal Chinese construction workers), the AWOL status of his son, and his wife's affair with a younger man. A Holocaust survivor (Yosef Carmon) and his Filipino housekeeper (Lyn Shiao Zamir) further illustrate the conflict between Jews, Jews of different extractions, and Arabs in the community.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Art House & International, Comedy, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Marie-Josee Sanselme, Amos Gitai, Marie-Jose Sanselme, Yehoshua Kenaz
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 9, 2004
Kino International - Official Site


Yosef Carmon
as Schwartz
Eyal Elhadad
as Doorman
Kiang Fang
as Chinese Worker
Hu Hanzhou
as Chinese Worker
Fang Heguo
as Chinese Worker
Tomer Russo
as The Officer
Kobi Zahavi
as Kiosk Owner
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Critic Reviews for Alila

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (10)

It's a bit of a mess.

Full Review… | July 30, 2004
Toronto Star
Top Critic

It's too acerbic to be funny and too detached to be really moving.

Full Review… | July 30, 2004
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

The story and even the characters turn out to be less interesting than the overview it gives us of the way Israelis live now, its portrait of a dislocated society where despair rumbles beneath the surface of everyday life.

Full Review… | June 10, 2004
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Though absorbing enough, Alila must be counted a noble failure, if only because its efforts to follow the screwed-up lives of 12 hapless souls in a seedy Tel Aviv apartment building finally add up more to mere mimicry than commentary.

Full Review… | June 10, 2004
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

None of the characters or situations truly manages to hold our attention, though there are some arresting moments.

March 4, 2004
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Gitai ... records the comings and goings with a keen eye.

February 27, 2004
New York Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Alila


[font=Century Gothic][color=royalblue]"Alila" is an Israeli movie set in an apartment building. It features various denizens while focusing on a divorced builder and his son who has gone AWOL from the army and a very anonymous affair. Director Amos Gitai uses exquisite tracking shots and jump cuts to tell his story but Michael Haneke fell flat on his face doing pretty much the same thing with "Code Unknown" in 2001. "Alila" is a slight improvement.(Both "Alila" and "Code Unknown" make mention of illegal immigration.) What this technique allows for is glimpses into the lives of its characters but because that is all we get, there is never a sense that we ever get know any of them, and several remain complete mysteries. There is something here about how neighbors interact with each other but not much. [/color][/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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