Aliyah | Chicago Reader

Aliyah

Caught up in drug dealing, a French Jew (Pio Marmai) hits on the idea of emigrating to Israel; his plans are complicated by his growing romance with a golden-haired gentile (Adele Haenel). To make his pilgrimage, the hero has to learn Hebrew and obtain an official "certificate of Jewishness," but writer-director Elie Wajeman isn't much concerned by questions of religion or ethnicity; this story of a young dreamer looking to get out often seems like an Al Pacino vehicle from the 70s. Veteran French filmmaker Cedric Kahn (Red Lights) has a supporting role as the young man's father. In French with subtitles.

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