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

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November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 4/5
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
April 21, 2006
A sprawling, truth-based tale held together by a remarkable trio of performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Leslie Felperin
April 21, 2006
Rambling storyline, some ropey perfs and sentimentality prevent pic from becoming the gut punch it might have been.
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Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail
April 21, 2006
A compelling example of a work that exposes universal themes by closely examining the story of one life, Live and Become is remarkable for its humanity, vitality and emotional power.
| Original Score: 3/4