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367 Ratings



Directed by Elie Wajeman
France, 2012


Alex, a young drug dealer in Paris, is torn between making his aliyah (the term for Jews emigrating to Israel), his drug selling, his complicated love life and a destructive brother. He will have to find his own way and make a final decision.

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Aliyah Directed by Elie Wajeman

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  • Lance Swenson's rating of the film Aliyah

    Story of Jewish 20 something drug dealer in gritty working class Paris. Trying to get out decides Tel Aviv, needs to discover his roots.Acting in this film is exceptional especially enjoyed the edginess of the brother Isaac played by Kahn and the women are all sensational. Cinematography is superior.

  • hawthorn's rating of the film Aliyah

    The movie uses the main character Alex's ambivalence and difficulty in making choices to good effect. We watch his struggling relationships with the people around him and see how he grapples with religion and possibility of a pilgrimage to Israel... and if any of it has any meaning to him. It is nicely subdued. I like the movement from more chaos and noise in the beginning to more peace and less talking at the end.

  • David R Williams's rating of the film Aliyah

    I don't know. I just lost interest. Seemed so ordinary. I don't have time for this sort of film any more. Challenge me. Assault me. Make me feel....anything. Take risks. Fail miserably. This sort of mainstream narrative movie making....leave it to hollywood. Leave it to audiences who just want to sit their asses down once a week and be entertained. I don't come to Mubi for this.

  • G x's rating of the film Aliyah

    A low key drama that never really ignites, despite several good performances. Some of the central relationships, most notably the key romance at the centre, felt a little underdeveloped for me.

  • Xénia's rating of the film Aliyah

    A beautiful film, a moment in the story of a man who seeks a sense to his life, which until now seems to only have been attached to toxic people, lost loves, or non-exiting ones (his father). It's funny that so many people did not like the end, I actually find on the contrary that this is a surprising ending, leaving a strange feeling.. fortunately that it is not a classic love story.

  • Leco's rating of the film Aliyah

    I think this one deserves some praise for the beautiful cinematography. The colors, the use of light, the angles... they're all a beautiful sight. As for the storyline, it isn't amazing, but together with the visual it makes you follow through the whole movie. So I'd recommend the movie, anyhow, for the great photography, even though I recognize that the ending can be disappointing for a lotta people.

  • T Mills's rating of the film Aliyah

    Very compelling but I felt the movie lost its way in the last quarter, specifically in regards to the characters' motivations. Nevertheless, fantastic performance make this a memorable film.

  • 1ariane1's rating of the film Aliyah

    Il est vraiment bien, cet acteur. Vu dernièrement dans un autre film français, "Maestro", où il joue un peu le même genre de personnage, pommé mais débrouillard et charmeur.

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