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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 and accomplish his "aliyah" (the term for Jews emigrating to Israel) which involves, among other things, Hebrew lessons and connecting with his Jewish roots. He also has to leave behind his beloved city of Paris, his former lover Esther, his lifelong friend Mathias, and Jeanne, a woman whom he's just met but has the potential of becoming someone important in his life. Torn between making his aliyah, his drug selling, his complicated love life and a destructive brother, Alex will have to find his own way and make a final decision. (c) Film Movement
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Adèle Haenel
as Jeanne
Jean-Marie Winling
as The Father
Mar Sodupe
as Anaelle
Aimé Vaucher
as Gabriel
Marion Picard
as Rebecca
Louise Roch
as Lucie
Jean-Baptiste Azema
as The Client
Djibril Gueye
as Amis Polo
Kianoush Moghadam
as Amis Polo
Daniel Eliya
as Jewish Agency Guard
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Critic Reviews for Aliyah

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (5)

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
Top Critic

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
New York Times
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

Refreshing portrait, mostly free of idealism, religion, and stereotypes, of how a troubled, secular young Parisian struggles. . .to change his life. . . [but] seems passive.

Full Review… | June 21, 2013

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.

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