Yana's Friends (2001)


Critic Consensus: A heartwarming movie that handles some weighty subjects with humor.


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Newlywed Yana waits in Israel for her husband to return from Russia. Using all of their immigration money, he moved there with the promise that he'll return home a rich man. In the meantime, Yana meets her neighbor Eli, an aspiring filmmaker who records every bit of life around him on his video camera. Money begins to run low when Yana realizes that she is three months pregnant. Fearing that her husband has no plans of returning for her, she turns to Eli for help and the their friendship takes a strange turn.

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Critic Reviews for Yana's Friends

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (11)

The movie won 10 Israeli Academy Awards and prizes at various film festivals. It's easy to see why.

Nov 15, 2002

Warm, bittersweet and charming.

Jul 11, 2002 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

A tender, spirited look at love and community in the midst of war.

Jun 21, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It is heartwarming and often funny, but in its lightness somehow misses the mark.

May 24, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The film eloquently persuades us that it is better to laugh than cry and better to make love than war, messages that never go out of date.

Apr 18, 2002

The treatment, both as satire and sentimentality, is heavy-handed.

Mar 19, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4

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