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Yana's Friends (1999)
"Ha-Chaverim Shel Yana" (original title)

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Three parallel strories of immigrants in Tel Aviv during the Gulf War and about coming together while sealed in a room during the Scud attacks.

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Credited cast:
Evelyn Kaplun ...
Yana
Nir Levy ...
Eli
Shmil Ben Ari ...
Yuri Kalantarov
Mosko Alkalai ...
Yitzhak
Dalia Friedland ...
Rosa
Vladimir Friedman ...
Alik
Israel Sasha Demidov ...
Fima (as Israel Damidov)
Lena Sachanova ...
Mila
Jenya Fleisher ...
Edik
Evyatar Lazar ...
Daniel
Lucy Dubinchik ...
Yuri's daughter
Valentin Nikulin ...
Neighbour
Aleksandr Stanilov ...
Moving contractor
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Himself (archive footage)
Clara Rockmore ...
Herself - Theremin Virtuoso (archive footage)
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Three parallel strories of immigrants in Tel Aviv during the Gulf War and about coming together while sealed in a room during the Scud attacks.

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Totally believable, hilarious slice of immigrant life
13 April 2000 | by (Bethesda,MD) – See all my reviews

Saw the movie on 4/12/00 as part of DC Filmfest. One of the movie actors, Mosko Alkalai(Isaac) was in attendance. The movie is 60/40% Russian/Hebrew. The subtitles were not that great - a lot of humor was lost in translation.

It's a movie with several story lines of new russian immigrants in Israel, and their struggle to keep afloat. It's mostly funny, at times sad, and always believable. The actors performances are excellent, and cinematography is a fine blend of modern styles.

I would highly recommend this movie to anyone, but these who can relate to the experience, and with a good knowledge of colloquial Russian would get an extra kick out of it.


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