Alila 2004

Alila

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Residents of (Yaël Abecassis, Uri Klauzner, Hanna Laslo) of an apartment building in the working-class section of Tel Aviv, Israel, go about their daily lives.

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Critic Reviews for Alila

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (10)

  • It's a bit of a mess.

    July 30, 2004 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It's too acerbic to be funny and too detached to be really moving.

    July 30, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • 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 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • None of the characters or situations truly manages to hold our attention, though there are some arresting moments.

    March 4, 2004
  • Gitai ... records the comings and goings with a keen eye.

    February 27, 2004 | Rating: 3/4
  • Amos Gitai's acidly comic study of life in a flimsy Tel Aviv apartment complex is a sour urban mosaic whose seedy characters, try as they might, can't get out of one another's faces.

    February 26, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Alila

  • May 07, 2005
    [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]
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