Aliyah (2013)

Alex, twenty seven, lives in a working-class Paris neighborhood and sells drugs for a living, continuously paying off the debts of his brother Isaac (played by French auteur Cedric Kahn), who's becoming a real burden. When his cousin,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 14, 2013
DVD Release Date: October 8, 2013
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

It's the kind of serious, thoughtful, yet accessible portrait we see all too little of these days.

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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice

A marvelous film, stripped of false urgency.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Far from being the Promised Land, Israel represents a shaky new beginning in a country Alex barely knows. This smart, sober movie makes you feel the full weight of the challenges he faces.

David Fear
Time Out

A character piece should have some sense of a character's who, what and why, right?

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Wajeman introduces some unexpected elements, which he handles with surprising dexterity considering this is his feature debut.

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Nora Lee Mandel

Refreshing portrait, mostly free of idealism, religion, and stereotypes, of how a troubled, secular young Parisian struggles. . .to change his life. . . [but] seems passive.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
An engaging film that manages to encompass low-key crime thriller, boiling family drama and sweet romance with Judaism as background - even if the result is a… More