Yana's Friends Reviews

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August 3, 2005
February 9, 2004
Portrays not only the fear that Israelis live with every day, but also the difficulties in a nation where people are arriving from all over the world, not knowing Hebrew.
December 22, 2003
April 4, 2003
[Kaplun's] gentle, clear-eyed affection for his characters smooths out the film's rough edges and reminds viewers that friendship and even joy can be found during the most frightening times.
March 11, 2003
A small surprise at the end made me feel good about the whole movie, turning an amusing but slightly bland story into a winning experience.
January 31, 2003
The performances are solid, and the material is somewhat moving.
January 31, 2003
Yana's Friends works best showing its characters coping with war uncomfortably close to home.
November 15, 2002
The movie won 10 Israeli Academy Awards and prizes at various film festivals. It's easy to see why.
July 24, 2002
A small, rather unfinished gem of a movie, but one that shines rather brightly nonetheless.
July 12, 2002
Yana's Friends isn't a black comedy, strictly speaking. But it somehow manages to find a surprising amount of humor in deadly serious and even potentially tragic situations.
July 12, 2002
Lots of charm and likeable characters add up to a delightful movie.
July 11, 2002
Warm, bittersweet and charming.
June 21, 2002
Refreshing.
June 21, 2002
A tender, spirited look at love and community in the midst of war.
May 24, 2002
It is heartwarming and often funny, but in its lightness somehow misses the mark.
April 18, 2002
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eloquently persuades us that it is better to laugh than cry and better to make love than war, messages that never go out of date.
March 22, 2002
Sweet, sexy, and unexpectedly enchanting, "Yana's Friends" is the little feel-good comedy that could.
March 19, 2002
The treatment, both as satire and sentimentality, is heavy-handed.
December 23, 2001
Amusing with one unforgettable gag, Kaplun's film does a passable job of portraying the hardships endured by immigrants but is more notable for placing a light-hearted tale in a decidedly heavy time and place.
November 16, 2001
You aren't separated from these people even if they do live thousands of miles away.
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