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Aliyah

Aliyah (2013)

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Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 1

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Alex, twenty seven, 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. But in order to leave, Alex must quickly find enough money

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Gaëlle Macé, Elie Wajeman

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All Critics (7) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (1)

It's the kind of serious, thoughtful, yet accessible portrait we see all too little of these days.

June 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Far from being the Promised Land, Israel represents a shaky new beginning in a country Alex barely knows. This smart, sober movie makes you feel the full weight of the challenges he faces.

June 13, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Wajeman introduces some unexpected elements, which he handles with surprising dexterity considering this is his feature debut.

June 13, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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A marvelous film, stripped of false urgency.

June 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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A character piece should have some sense of a character's who, what and why, right?

June 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Refreshing portrait, mostly free of idealism, religion, and stereotypes, of how a troubled, secular young Parisian struggles. . .to change his life. . . [but] seems passive.

June 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
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Audience Reviews for Aliyah

An engaging film that manages to encompass low-key crime thriller, boiling family drama and sweet romance with Judaism as background - even if the result is a bit restrained and not intense enough despite the good effort put forth by both Wajeman and Marmaï.
September 30, 2012
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