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Alex Is Lovesick (1986)

Alex Holeh Ahavah (original title)
The movie is a romantic comedy which takes place in Israel during the Austerity period of the 1950s. The movie's hero is Alex, a 13 year old boy who is about to attend his Bar Mitzvah. Alex... See full summary »


Boaz Davidson


Boaz Davidson




Credited cast:
Batya Barak Batya Barak ... Bluma
Rolf Brin ... Postman
Sharon Hacohen ... Lola
Uri Kabiri Uri Kabiri ... Gadi Fishenzon
Avi Kushnir ... Motke Potash, Shuki's brother
Jupiter Leonid Jupiter Leonid ... Leonid the teacher
Anat Mesner ... Teacher Zippora
Avraham Mor ... Kuba - Alex's Dad
Dorit Peled ... Sonia
Alik Pelman Alik Pelman ... Shuki 'Jinji' Potash
Shmuel Rodensky ... Rabbi
Hana Rot Hana Rot ... Alex' Mom (as Hannah Roth)
Hinna Rozovska Hinna Rozovska ... Alexander's Grandmother
Yosef Shiloach ... Faruk (as Joseph Shiloach)
Eitan Sneh Eitan Sneh ... Alexander 'Alex' Kuprovski (as Eitan Anshel)


The movie is a romantic comedy which takes place in Israel during the Austerity period of the 1950s. The movie's hero is Alex, a 13 year old boy who is about to attend his Bar Mitzvah. Alex has a typical Polish mother and father that suffers quietly. On account of the difficult economic situation they are compelled to share their apartment with a Persian tenant named Faruk that tries to fight his baldness by means of different creams. Alex falls in love with the new girl in his class, Mimi. Everything changes when his aunt Lola arrives in Israel from Poland to search for lost love. They were together when she lived in Poland but he vanished when Nazis conquered the country. Alex falls for his aunt and she on her part gives him more than just maternal love. The film describes in the exact form the ambiance that dominated the country in the 1950s, the Austerity in Israel in these days, the black markets, the radio broadcasts concentrating on the search for lost relatives, music of the ... Written by Khaliwali

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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When Lola gives Alex a kiss in the end of the film, there is a mark of her lips left on his cheek. in the next shot you can see that the mark in much more stronger than it was. See more »


Alex' Mom: Who drinks cold water? It's the middle of the summer!
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Referenced in Buba Shel Layla: Episode #3.5 (2014) See more »


Singing the Blues
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Performed by Guy Mitchell
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The greatest Israeli movie in my opinion
3 June 2006 | by yariv_pySee all my reviews

This movie represents the naive era that my country went through. Back in the 50's and 60's, everyone in Israel was certain that the future will be great. Not that it isn't, but you can see in "Alex is lovesick" that people just cared about love and having fun. Alex (Eitan Anshel) is an innocent 13 years old boy that gets very excited when he gets kissed by an older woman. You can also see in that movie the collection of cultures that arrived Israel after the 2nd world war: Orientals like "Faruk" (Yosef Shiloakh), and Eastern Europeans like Alex's family. I recommend everyone to see this movie if you have a translated version in your language.

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Hebrew | Polish

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1986 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Alex in Love See more »

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Berky, Humphries, Pathe UK See more »
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