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Va, Vis et Deviens (Live and Become) (Go, See, and Become) Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
June 5, 2011
The message of this stirring feature is relevant, going beyond its particular political context
Full Review | Original Score: B
Nora Lee Mandel
December 17, 2008
Sentimental on immigration and assimilation, but intriguingly reflects Israeli diversity, and touching for a guy to survive and flourish thanks to the love of 4 feisty women.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Sarah Boslaugh
September 19, 2008
If Live and Become told only the story of Schlomo's childhood and adolescence in Israel, it would have been a better movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
June 27, 2008
The bounty of incident is balanced by knowing humor, compelling characters and a dedicated compassion toward those for whom the search for home sends their head, heart and feet flying in all directions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
June 27, 2008
This movie, so dramatic and different from any other we've seen about Israel, may well have worked with three other actors. But it's hard to imagine it working as well.
| Original Score: 3/4
Ed Scheid
Boxoffice Magazine
June 27, 2008
Writer/director Radu Mihaileanu (Train of Life), an emigrant from Romania, has made a film that is fascinating on different levels....builds to an unforgettable final image.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
June 26, 2008
At nearly two and a half hours, Radu Mihaileanu's film is unnecessarily long; a few incidents could have easily been cut. But it's still worth the time. It manages to be, at points, heartwarming, tragic, and funny.
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
March 28, 2008
Don't be put off by the film's length. It's fascinating to see familiar history flash by as a backdrop to the equally compelling account of a life spent in pursuit of totality.
| Original Score: 3/4
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
March 27, 2008
The first part of Radu Mihaileanu's tale of an Ethiopian refugee's life in Israel promises more than the often trivial soap opera that follows.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 12, 2008
With the secret 1985 airlift of thousands of Ethiopian Jewish refugees into Israel as a historical starting point, writer-director Radu Mihaileanu turns one fictional boy's story into a loaded, didactic drama about survival, adaptation, and identity.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
February 13, 2008
A stirring and uplifting tale of racial and religious assimilation.
Cole Smithey
February 6, 2008
This overlong story of a Ethiopian boy's experiences attempting to pass himself off as Jewish in order to enter Israel, gets bogged down with a meandering script that fails to gain momentum.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
February 5, 2008
Earnest and overlong, the result is a meandering short story of a movie that, for all its good intentions and occasional insights, doesn't gel.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
February 4, 2008
Fundamental issues of ethnic and religious identity and the agony of exile are at the heart of Live and Become.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Jordan Hiller
February 2, 2008
The beauty of Live and Become is found essentially in one very specific place - the relationship between Solomon and his mothers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
February 1, 2008
Both a love story and inspirational tale of an individual finding peace with himself in a hostile environment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 1, 2008
A powerful and poignant film about an Ethiopian Christian's long and dramatic spiritual journey in Israel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kam Williams
January 31, 2008
Brother from another temple!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Abigail Deutsch
Village Voice
January 29, 2008
If the film sometimes feels overwrought -- and at once too long and too short -- its subtle motifs and loud silences, as well as the enormity of its subject matter, keep us absorbed until the devastating end.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
January 24, 2008
The film is long, often tedious, and burdened by sudden leaps forward and a perplexing withholding of information, but not unlike Schlomo, it perseveres.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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