Yana's Friends (2001) - Rotten Tomatoes

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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Lyusi Dubinchik
as Yuri's Daughter
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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.

November 15, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

Warm, bittersweet and charming.

July 11, 2002 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

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

June 21, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Boston Globe
Top Critic

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

May 24, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Miami Herald
Top Critic

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eloquently persuades us that it is better to laugh than cry and better to make love than war, messages that never go out of date.

April 18, 2002
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

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

March 19, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4
Globe and Mail
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