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

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June 5, 2011
The message of this stirring feature is relevant, going beyond its particular political context
Full Review | Original Score: B
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
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
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-
February 13, 2008
A stirring and uplifting tale of racial and religious assimilation.
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-
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.
February 4, 2008
Fundamental issues of ethnic and religious identity and the agony of exile are at the heart of Live and Become.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
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
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
January 31, 2008
Brother from another temple!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
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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