Little Jerusalem
Little Jerusalem (2006)

An orthodox Jewish teen living with her family in France attempts to balance her religious upbringing with her increasingly complex view of the outside world in director Karin Albou's incisive meditation on religion, philosophy, and the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 12, 2006
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Marta Barber
Miami Herald

This beautiful tale of two sisters living in Sarcelles, a low-income Parisian suburb of mostly new immigrants, presents the darker side of religion while offering a candid view of an Orthodox Jewish family struggling to stay together.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

Rich in perceptive details, Albou's film has drawn favorable comparison to the work of Claire Denis (The Intruder, Friday Night), and both directors share a sensual sensitivity to their characters' inner lives.

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Jordan Hiller
Bangitout.com

The film, which means well in its attempt to touch on Kantian philosophy, racial divides, sex and orthodoxy, and secularism versus religion, manages to insult each one of these heavy subjects by not giving any of them the serious, thoughtful attention the

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Susan Walker
Toronto Star

It is a story told in small moments, the camera close-up on a look, the stroke of a hand, the way a blonde thread is revealed in a husband's jacket.

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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times

The grand ideas are effectively integrated into a drama that relies equally upon the head, the heart and the body for inspiration.

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Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

The background of Little Jerusalem is a grimy landscape, both physical and political, and it overwhelms the fragile exploration undertaken by the sisters. Or maybe that's the whole point.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Anyone shopping by the ton for melodrama is well advised to browse the ample display on view in this cinematic square.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

It's very well-acted and directed, shot with great vigor, mostly in roaming closeups that plunge us right into the thick of things.

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Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

Albou is adventurous in intermixing a young woman's coming-of-age with a search for secular belief but her story is a bit shy on drama.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Abell
A quiet, thoughtful examination of sexuality and freedom within a Jewish enclave in Paris. Two sisters, who live together and work at the same day care… More