Aliyah (2013)




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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Elie Wajeman, Gaëlle Macé
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as Jeanne

as Anaelle

as Amis Polo

as Jewish Agency Guard
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Critic Reviews for Aliyah

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (6)

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

Full Review… | June 19, 2013
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.

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

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

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

Full Review… | June 11, 2013
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 22, 2012
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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.

Carlos Magalhães

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