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Aliyah Reviews

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November 16, 2013
This started off good, turned to boring... and finally "when is this going to end"?
½ October 19, 2013
Really good film but I'd say the ending let it down - would've like to have learned more about his life there and what happened to Jeanne. Pio was amazing as usual! :)
½ August 5, 2013
Too flat, too mild for my appetite.
½ January 25, 2013
The dialogues need more work, the cast is not what it should be, the story is very predictible. I like the simplicity of the shots and the naturalism. All this is quite young but keep going!
December 29, 2012
Refreshing realism with great storylines concerning crime, family, etc. Good movie.
Super Reviewer
September 30, 2012
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 MarmaÔ.
½ September 29, 2012
Bonne realisation, tres bonnes interpretations...
August 20, 2012
27 year old Alex is a secular Jew living in Paris. A shady life of reluctant drug dealing has driven him into an existential corner. He doesn‚(TM)t want to be what he has become. A glimmer of hope appears when Alex‚(TM)s cousin tells him about plans of moving to Israel and setting up a restaurant. Alex realizes he has a way out of his life: Aliyah, a Jew‚(TM)s immigration to Israel. The problem is that setting up a restaurant takes money, a lot of it. One final drug run is required.

Despite a somewhat less than ambitious plot ‚Alyah‚? manages to hook the viewer. Beautiful, experimental cinematography carries a drama that‚(TM)s well acted and at moments exceptionally lyrical. Pio Marma√Į is nice to look at, but he also has a charismatic presence and enough talent to make Alex come alive as a protagonist.

A secular Jew from a liberal community critical of Israeli politics making Aliyah for ambiguous reasons is a meaty subject. Perhaps wisely, director Elie Wajeman chooses to concentrate on Alex‚(TM)s subjective experience. ‚Alyah‚? isn‚(TM)t about world politics or religion but about psychology.

The tone of the movie is subtly somber and completely serious. When Alex is questioned about his decision he states that he is leaving because no one is asking for him to stay. On that note ‚Alyah‚? could be viewed as a tale of a lost man hopelessly running away from himself. But a certain kind of strength permeates the actions of Alex. His determination to escape a meaningless life communicates decisiveness and might represent hope just as well as desperation.
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