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Live and Become (2005)

Va, vis et deviens (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 1 February 2008 (USA)
A Christian boy escapes to Israel from famine-stricken Ethiopia by pretending to be Jewish.

Director:

Radu Mihaileanu

Writers:

Alain-Michel Blanc (collaborator on screenplay), Radu Mihaileanu
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yaël Abecassis ... Yael
Roschdy Zem ... Yoram
Moshe Agazai Moshe Agazai ... Schlomo enfant
Moshe Abebe Moshe Abebe ... Schlomo adolescent
Sirak M. Sabahat Sirak M. Sabahat ... Schlomo adulte
Yitzhak Edgar Yitzhak Edgar ... Le Qès Amara
Roni Hadar Roni Hadar ... Sara
Rami Danon ... Papy
Mimi Abonesh Kebede Mimi Abonesh Kebede ... Hana - la mère Juive Ethiopienne
Meskie Shibru ... La mère de Schlomo (as Meskie Shibru Sivan)
Raymonde Abecassis ... Suzy
Yosi Alfi Yosi Alfi ... Rabbin Talmud Tora (as Yossi Alfi)
Shmil Ben Ari ... Directeur internat (as Shmil Ben-Ari)
Shlomo Vishinsky ... Le policier
Shai Fredo ... Le traducteur
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In 1980 the black Falashas in Ethiopia are recognised as genuine Jews. In turn they are secretly carried to Israel. The day before the transport the son of a Jewish mother dies. In his place and with his name (Schlomo) she takes a Christian 9-year-old boy. Upon arrival this second mother dies. Schlomo is adopted by a good family but remains depressed until he secretly sends a letter to his real mother. From the beginning he experiences large and small racist difficulties. In his teens he and Sarah fall in love. Her father is an extreme racist. Schlomo tries to gain "real Jewishness" by winning a competition in Bible interpretation. No change of Sarah's father's attitude. Disappointed he goes to the police and reports himself as not being a Jew. But the police officer just gives him a scolding. "The newspapers are full of that stuff, the Falashas are no Jews. Now they begin to believe it themselves." His adoptive parents send him to France to study medicine. When he afterwards marries ... Written by Max Scharnberg, Stockholm, Sweden

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jew | love | israel | letter | christian | See All (105) »

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Country:

France | Israel | Belgium | Italy

Language:

Hebrew | French | Amharic

Release Date:

1 February 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Ethiopia See more »

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DTS | Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Narrateur: They had been forgotten on their mountaintops, near Gondar. Yet, since the dawn of time, the Ethiopian Jews, known as the "Falashas", dreamed of returning to their homeland, the Holy Land, Jerusalem. With Israeli and U.S. Aid, a vast program was undertaken from November to January 1985 to transport the Ethiopian Jews to Israel. The Falashas were returned and finally recognized as descendants of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. The Israeli secret service carried out the operation on the sly,...
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15 February 2007 | by WeredeguSee all my reviews

I can only talk in superlatives about this movie. It's so powerful that it takes a second viewing to realize that in fact it's even more powerful... Yes, there is a history lesson in it (Falashas, Middle East, Cold War, Gulf War etc.), and yes, it's an interesting tale about a person whom you just have to think to be real, but more than that, it's so universal in its way of talking about our search for a secure identity... searching for it in a process at the end of which we hope to end up in some nice future at the same time not having forgotten that what was precious in our past. To arrive at that, so much help is needed from good people you can trust, or so much luck, if you want to say it that way... This film will make you realize that and in the process it will awaken in you an overwhelming feeling of respect for human dignity as well.

To Radu Mihaileanu I can only say, continue to give us this good films, please. If it takes years of research as it did in this case, so be it. Oh, and I hope to see all of the actors, too, again some day. How stupid of me, I will, of course, at the third viewing of 'Va, vis et deviens'.


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