Alila (English Subtitled) 2004 NR

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Amos Gitai's ALILA tells the story of over a dozen distinct characters who inhabit an apartment complex located in a rundown neighborhood of Tel Aviv, Israel.

Starring:
Dalit Kahan, Keren Mor
Runtime:
1 hour 57 minutes

Alila (English Subtitled)

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Genres Drama, International, Comedy
Director Amos Gitai
Starring Dalit Kahan, Keren Mor
Supporting actors Uri Klauzner, Liron Levo, Ronit Elkabetz, Amos Lavi, Lupo Berkowitch, Yosef Carmon, Amit Mestechkin, Lyn Hsiao Zamir, Tomer Russo, Carmel Betto, Dalit Kahan, Kobi Zahavi, Eyal Elhadad, Meital Tzadiki, Ilan Appel, Hu Hanzhou, Kiang Fang, Fang Heguo
Studio Kino International
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Too long and crappy plot!
Peggy Helton
This film is a composite of characters, some interesting, others less so.
Big Ku
Poor acting and uneven story line.
Juan Domenech

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Roland E. Zwick on April 11, 2005
Format: DVD
**1/2

"Alila" is a snail-paced series of vignettes about life in one Tel Aviv neighborhood. The film features roughly a half dozen stories playing out simultaneously, most of them focused on a single apartment building and the people who live and work there. Gabi is a young woman who's having an affair with an older married man named Hezi, who has set her up in her own little unit in the complex where he comes to visit her periodically for passionate sexual encounters. The second major plot strand involves Ezra, a building contractor, who is helping to add what may be a possibly illegal wing onto the building. Ezra, who lives in the van he uses for work, has an ex-wife whom he still loves and can't seem to leave alone, as well as a teenaged son who has gone AWOL from the Israeli army because he doesn't believe in the cause for which the military - and, by extension, the nation - is fighting. There are several other plot strands running throughout the film, but these two are the most prominent and, in the second case at least, the most compelling.

If writer/director Amos Gitai had managed to pick up the pace a bit and brought a little more cohesiveness to the narrative, "Alila" might have been an interesting little movie. The tale involving the young boy and his divorced parents is, by far, the most intriguing, and one wishes that Gitai had simply made the film about that storyline and jettisoned the rest. The part dealing with Gabi and Hezi is not only hackneyed and dull, but involves a change of heart on the part of Gabi that is so arbitrary and poorly prepared for that it seems as if large chunks of the film had inadvertently tumbled onto the cutting room floor and been swept out with the trash.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Juan Domenech on May 5, 2013
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Barely a plot to follow. Poor acting and uneven story line. Don't waste your time watching. Read a book instead
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael L. Phillips on February 1, 2008
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Alila is an outstandingly crafted film from start to finish - the cinematography, the music, the script, the acting - and is paced extremely well. Although I must say I prefer Kadosh for its themes and beauty, I consider Alila to be Gitai's most well-crafted film. The characters are all extremely interesting, Ronit Elkabetz is fantastic in her (unfortunately) rather minor role, and Gitai is able to address a wide spectrum of issues in Israeli society while nevertheless letting the characters and their personal stories dominate the film. Excellent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Big Ku on June 27, 2014
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This film is a composite of characters, some interesting, others less so. The problem is there really is no story, no true connection between them other than they reside in the same building. The scene where the old man is out of touch with reality is sobering and sad. That performance alone was worthy of the two star rating I give this film.
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By H. Baez on July 15, 2014
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very entertaining
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