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Aliyah 2012

  • Elie Wajeman
  • September 19, 2012
  • 90 mins
  • French
  • Drama
Paris 2011. Alex is 27. He's lives off dealing and pays the debts of his brother, Isaac, who after being his support has now become dead weight. When his cousin announces he's going to open a restaurant in Tel Aviv, Alex imagines he can join him and change his life. Set on emigrating, Alex has to find money, leave his beloved Paris, end his complicated love life, drop his destructive brother and find his way.

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I think this one deserves some praise for the beautiful cinematography. The colors, the use of light, the angles... they're all a beautiful sight. As for the storyline, it isn't amazing, but together with the visual it makes you follow through the whole movie.

I've seen some critics on the idea that the aliyah is something very much real in France and that the movie doesn't addresses it decently. But I find that this just wasn't the point. The focus lies on Alex's redemption, if I can put it that way. But does he achieve it in the end?

I would recommend the movie, anyhow, for the great photography, even though I recognize that the ending can be disappointing for a lotta people.

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