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Alan & Naomi (1992)

PG | | Drama, Family | 31 January 1992 (USA)
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Set in the forties. A young Jewish boy is called on by his parents to help a young girl come out of her shell, imposed after she watched her father die at the hands of the Nazis.

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(novel), (screenplay)
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Alan Silverman
Vanessa Zaoui ...
Naomi Kirschenbaum
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Sol Silverman
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Ruth Silverman
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Shaun Kelly
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Mrs. Liebman
Victoria Christian ...
Mrs. Kirschenbaum
Charlie Dow ...
Joe Condello
Randy Williams ...
Ken Newman
Mary McMillan ...
Mrs. Landley
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Finch
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Gloria
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Mr. Kirschenbaum
Becky Wyatt ...
Norma
Derek Knott ...
Larry Dennison
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Set in the forties. A young Jewish boy is called on by his parents to help a young girl come out of her shell, imposed after she watched her father die at the hands of the Nazis.

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Drama | Family

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31 January 1992 (USA)  »

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Alan E Naomi  »

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$259,311 (USA)
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After admitting to his parents that he was playing stickball instead of visiting Naomi on the fourth day, Alan throws himself face-up on the couch and puts a newspaper over his face while his shirttails, which are not tucked in, fall back revealing his stomach (at 0:33:39 on the Feature Films for Families version and again at 0:34:25). As his father comes to the couch Alan's shirttails are neatly arranged, covering his stomach and belt (at 0:34:36). See more »

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Riviting Performances.
5 April 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a film about a Jewish teenager (Haas) who has no idea what his Jewishness means and meets a Jewish girl who knows nothing else.

The plot of the film allows us to watch him learn how Alan controls his temper and becomes a man while dealing with very serious problems as he slowly draws her into the world they live in.

Anyone who has dealt with mental illness knows that progress is not linear. Many backward steps are taken for every one that moves forward. In that the film is slightly deceptive: it leads us to believe that his treatment of her was like solving a geometry problem: each part contributes to the whole. If the part does not fit don't use it.

Movies are only two hours long. Choices have to be made. David and Lisa is probably better if one seeks accuracy. The choice here was character.

Alan grew. He learned how to give all he could to someone else. He was not thinking of his reward: he was thinking of her. As much as anything, his early failures brought about that development.

For such a young actress, Vanessa Zaoui had a wide range of emotions to deal with and she does it well. She went from compulsion (paper tearing) to transference (talking through her doll) random intense fear but timid acceptance of the outside world, to catatonia. At each step Alan, her unselfish teacher and leader, knows instinctively what to do simply by loving her as he would a much younger handicapped sister. He slowly learns how to sensitively communicate the very essence of himself.

I would not call this an entertaining film, but it is a very good study of two young teens who teach each other much.


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