Va, Vis et Deviens (Live and Become) (Go, See, and Become)
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Va, Vis et Deviens (Live and Become) (Go, See, and Become)
Cultural confusion and the lack of true identity plague a young boy swept away from his mother during a joint American-Israeli rescue mission in director Radu Mihaileanu's fact-based drama. As thousands of displaced Africans crowd into Sudanese refugee camps, American and Israeli troops organize "Operation Moses," a mission aimed at relocating the wandering Falashas to Israel. Forced by his Christian mother to declare himself Jewish in hopes of joining the exile and escaping a grim fate, young Solomon (Moshe Agazai) is swept away to Israel and adopted by a Tel Aviv-dwelling… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The bounty of incident is balanced by knowing humor, compelling characters and a dedicated compassion toward those for whom the search for home sends their head, heart and feet flying in all directions."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"A stirring and uplifting tale of racial and religious assimilation."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"The message of this stirring feature is relevant, going beyond its particular political context"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"This movie, so dramatic and different from any other we've seen about Israel, may well have worked with three other actors. But it's hard to imagine it working as well."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
"The first part of Radu Mihaileanu's tale of an Ethiopian refugee's life in Israel promises more than the often trivial soap opera that follows."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Don't be put off by the film's length. It's fascinating to see familiar history flash by as a backdrop to the equally compelling account of a life spent in pursuit of totality."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"Fundamental issues of ethnic and religious identity and the agony of exile are at the heart of Live and Become."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Sentimental on immigration and assimilation, but intriguingly reflects Israeli diversity, and touching for a guy to survive and flourish thanks to the love of 4 feisty women."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
"Writer/director Radu Mihaileanu (Train of Life), an emigrant from Romania, has made a film that is fascinating on different levels....builds to an unforgettable final image."
‑ Ed Scheid, Boxoffice Magazine
"This overlong story of a Ethiopian boy's experiences attempting to pass himself off as Jewish in order to enter Israel, gets bogged down with a meandering script that fails to gain momentum."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"With the secret 1985 airlift of thousands of Ethiopian Jewish refugees into Israel as a historical starting point, writer-director Radu Mihaileanu turns one fictional boy's story into a loaded, didactic drama about survival, adaptation, and identity."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Both a love story and inspirational tale of an individual finding peace with himself in a hostile environment."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"If Live and Become told only the story of Schlomo's childhood and adolescence in Israel, it would have been a better movie."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"At nearly two and a half hours, Radu Mihaileanu's film is unnecessarily long; a few incidents could have easily been cut. But it's still worth the time. It manages to be, at points, heartwarming, tragic, and funny."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"Earnest and overlong, the result is a meandering short story of a movie that, for all its good intentions and occasional insights, doesn't gel."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International