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Alila (2003)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  1 October 2003 (France)
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Slice-of-life look at the lives of twelve people who live or work in the same apartment complex in Tel Aviv.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yaël Abecassis ...
Hana Laszlo ...
Uri Klauzner ...
Ezra (as Uri Ran Klauzner)
Liron Levo ...
Amos Lavi ...
Hezi (as Amos Lavie)
Lupo Berkowitch ...
Yosef Carmon ...
Amit Mestechkin ...
Lyn Hsiao Zamir ...
Tomer Russo ...
Carmel Betto ...
Dalit Kahan ...
Kobi Zahavi ...
Kiosk owner
Eyal Elhadad ...


In Tel Aviv, the gloomy Ezra hires foreign workers without permits to build an addition to a homely block of flats where his ex-wife Mali lives with her current lover Ilan. Ezra and Mali's young son Eyal hates the army and is AWOL, living among prostitutes and drug dealers. Gabi, a beautiful young woman who's a friend of Mali's, is carrying on an affair with Hezi, an older man insisting on secrecy. Hezi rents an apartment at the building for their trysts. Neighbors complain about the noise of their lovemaking and of the construction. Lives revolve slowly one around another. "Everyone's out for himself," says Ezra of Israeli society. Suicide bombings and elections provide a backdrop. Written by <>

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$3,063 (USA) (27 February 2004)


$48,493 (USA) (11 June 2004)

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Ennui can be poignant
27 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

OK, not all the acting was top-notch. Or maybe not understanding much Hebrew deprived me of some of the subtext (especially the policewoman). But a plot with little motion is very hard pull off successfully. And I think Gitai succeeds wonderfully. The plot in our lives usually moves no faster than this. Does that mean our lives are without meaning? I was five years old when I was in Tel-Aviv, and I remember it being beautiful and modern. This was a bit of a shock for me. But this is actually life almost everywhere, even in the US. Politics is mentioned only peripherally, leaving us to ponder on the actual lives of individuals. The people are real, and politics is still there and does affect people, no matter how much you want to ignore it. But the movie is still about people. And this is a beautiful portrayal of their lives. Every character has some sort of frustrated passion. I recommend this movie.

I'd like see someone from Israel comment on the policewoman. She has an unusual way of talking, a strange hairdo, and some important story significance. Does she represent a stereotype of an anti-Arab? Or is there some other comment the author wants to make?

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