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

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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-
October 25, 2006
Una película bien intencionada aunque imperfecta sobre la identidad individual más allá de lazos familiares, nacionalidades, religión o raza.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 21, 2006
Rambling storyline, some ropey perfs and sentimentality prevent pic from becoming the gut punch it might have been.
December 30, 2006
A wholly worthwhile enterprise loses its initial impetus and insight and becomes increasingly meandering and melodramatic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
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
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.
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
April 21, 2006
A sprawling, truth-based tale held together by a remarkable trio of performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 6, 2006
In turning over the question of what makes a person a Jew -- not to mention what makes a person belong to any society -- Live and Become is worthy of attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 14, 2006
It's a lot to digest, and, after a time, Live and Become feels overextended. But the themes will reach most audiences. And the cast, particularly the actors playing Schlomo, are talented charmers.
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 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
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-
August 6, 2006
The cast is uniformly outstanding, but Schlomo's adoptive parents are especially memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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
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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