Alila (2004)

Directed by Amos Gitai, Alila is based on Yehoshua Kenaz's novel Returning Lost Love and chronicles the trials and tribulations of every day life in Tel Aviv. Most of the film revolves around an apartment block on the working-class… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 27, 2004
DVD Release Date: November 9, 2004
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Critic Score: 41% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Peter Howell
Toronto Star

It's a bit of a mess.

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly

Though absorbing enough, Alila must be counted a noble failure, if only because its efforts to follow the screwed-up lives of 12 hapless souls in a seedy Tel Aviv apartment building finally add up more to mere mimicry than commentary.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Gitai delivers an amazing film every bit as satisfying as his masterpiece Kippur (2001).

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

It's too acerbic to be funny and too detached to be really moving.

Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

None of the characters or situations truly manages to hold our attention, though there are some arresting moments.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Suggesting that the strain of the Arab conflict has gotten to the Israelis and that peace might only be a pipe dream.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

The story and even the characters turn out to be less interesting than the overview it gives us of the way Israelis live now, its portrait of a dislocated society where despair rumbles beneath the surface of everyday life.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Gitai ... records the comings and goings with a keen eye.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...Gitai has populated the story with one unlikable character after another, making it impossible for the viewer to connect with anything on screen.

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[font=Century Gothic][color=royalblue]"Alila" is an Israeli movie set in an apartment building. It features various denizens while focusing on a… More