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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
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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.
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.
None of the characters or situations truly manages to hold our attention, though there are some arresting moments.
Gitai ... records the comings and goings with a keen eye.
Gitai delivers an amazing film every bit as satisfying as his masterpiece Kippur (2001).
Suggesting that the strain of the Arab conflict has gotten to the Israelis and that peace might only be a pipe dream.
...Gitai has populated the story with one unlikable character after another, making it impossible for the viewer to connect with anything on screen.
For non-Israeli audiences, Alila is an alternately illuminating and confounding glimpse into seldom-seen aspects of the country.
GitaÔ's portrait of self-destructive lives is certainly honest, but his direction is suffocating.
Another piece of essential viewing for outsiders trying to understand life in the Middle East.
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