20th Titanic International Filmfestival

Alyah

Alyah
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Alyah
France, 2011

Dir.: Élie Wajeman
Prod.: Lola Gans
Scr.: Gaëlle Macé, Elie Wajeman
Phot.: David Chizallet
Ed: Francois Quiqueré
Cast: Pio Marmaï, Cédric Kahn, Adèle Haenel, Guillaume Gouix, Sarah Lepicard
Distributor: Rezo Films
Colour
88 mins

Alex, a 27-year-old Jewish drug dealer who lives in Paris, plans to do his Aliyah (the word literally refers to the Zionist concept of ascending to the Land of Israel ) and move to Israel for the chance of a better life. His brother, Isaac, keeps pestering him for money. During the course of a Shabbat dinner at their aunt's house, we learn they lack parental support. Alex's desire to move to Israel is not so much grown out of Zionism, but because nothing holds him back in France, in spite of his recent encounter with a gentile girl, Jeanne. Reminiscent of the early films of James Gray, this brooding portrait of a Jewish drug dealer caught between family ties and dreams of a better life is backed by strong lead performances from a cast of relative newcomers.


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