Va, Vis et Deviens (Live and Become) (Go, See, and Become)
Va, Vis et Deviens (Live and Become) (Go, See, and Become) (2005)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 11, 2005
DVD Release Date: April 7, 2009
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Mihaileanu's story of an Ethiopian orphan's struggles overcomes an inflated length and script problems to explore universal issues of racial and religious identity.

Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

A stirring and uplifting tale of racial and religious assimilation.

Emanuel Levy

The message of this stirring feature is relevant, going beyond its particular political context

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

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.

Stephen Holden
New York Times

Fundamental issues of ethnic and religious identity and the agony of exile are at the heart of Live and Become.

Nora Lee Mandel

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.

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

Both a love story and inspirational tale of an individual finding peace with himself in a hostile environment.

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Sarah Boslaugh

If Live and Become told only the story of Schlomo's childhood and adolescence in Israel, it would have been a better movie.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
This movie is about a period in history of which I was unaware. Ethiopians claiming to be Jews were taken in by Israel, but not with the approval of all the… More
Walter M.
"Live and Become" starts in the 1980's as Ethiopian Jews are allowed to immigrate to Israel but first must complete a hazardous trek to Sudan,… More