67% The Maze Runner Sep 19
—— A Walk Among the Tombstones Sep 19
56% This Is Where I Leave You Sep 19
82% Tracks Sep 19
91% The Guest Sep 17

Top Box Office

13% No Good Deed $24.3M
73% Dolphin Tale 2 $15.9M
92% Guardians of the Galaxy $8.1M
19% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $4.9M
20% Let's Be Cops $4.4M
88% The Drop $4.1M
37% If I Stay $3.9M
36% The November Man $2.8M
33% The Giver $2.6M
67% The Hundred-Foot Journey $2.4M

Coming Soon

68% The Equalizer Sep 26
69% The Boxtrolls Sep 26
86% The Two Faces of January Sep 26
—— Two Night Stand Sep 26
91% Jimi: All Is by My Side Sep 26

Premieres Tonight

—— Brickleberry: Season 3
—— The Mindy Project: Season 3
—— New Girl: Season 4

New Episodes Tonight

88% Finding Carter: Season 1
67% Matador: Season 1
83% Sons of Anarchy: Season 7

Discuss Last Night's Shows

71% Dallas: Season 3
62% Under the Dome: Season 2


Alila (2004)



Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 5

No consensus yet.



liked it
Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 732

My Rating

Movie Info

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

Nov 9, 2004

Kino International - Official Site External Icon

Watch It Now



Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (10) | DVD (1)

It's a bit of a mess.

July 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
Top Critic IconTop Critic

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

July 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
Top Critic IconTop 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.

June 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic IconTop 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.

June 10, 2004 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic IconTop 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 IconTop Critic

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

February 27, 2004
New York Post
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Gitai delivers an amazing film every bit as satisfying as his masterpiece Kippur (2001).

February 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Suggesting that the strain of the Arab conflict has gotten to the Israelis and that peace might only be a pipe dream.

November 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

...Gitai has populated the story with one unlikable character after another, making it impossible for the viewer to connect with anything on screen.

August 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

For all its flaws, Alila is an interesting social issue film.

July 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

For non-Israeli audiences, Alila is an alternately illuminating and confounding glimpse into seldom-seen aspects of the country.

June 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

GitaÔ's portrait of self-destructive lives is certainly honest, but his direction is suffocating.

April 22, 2004 Full Review Source: City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

Extremely well-acted and generally absorbing.

March 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Another piece of essential viewing for outsiders trying to understand life in the Middle East.

February 26, 2004 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

An interesting, if not entirely successful, adaptation of an excellent book.

February 26, 2004 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for Alila

There are no audience reviews yet. Hurry, submit your review so you can be first!

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss Alila on our Movie forum!

What's Hot On RT

Red Carpet Roundup
Red Carpet Roundup

100 pics from Toronto Film Fest

Hunger Games
Hunger Games

New Mockingjay - Part 1 trailer

New on DVD & Blu-Ray
New on DVD & Blu-Ray

Godzilla, The Fault in Our Stars

24 Frames
24 Frames

Longest-running American sitcoms gallery

Foreign Titles

  • Alila - Hinter verschlossenen TŁren (DE)
Find us on:                     
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile