Elie Wajeman

A Different Kind Of ‘Aliyah’

Elie Wajeman’s first feature is French New Wave-ish.

06/11/2013
Special To The Jewish Week
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For many Jews, making aliyah is a response to a commandment, an edict from the Creator. And for some, it’s an escape from a life that has spiraled out of control. That would seem to be one of the messages of the new French film “Aliyah,” directed and co-written by Elie Wajeman. It’s a deft, smart first feature and, not surprisingly, Wajeman’s protagonist seems doomed to find that the problems he will encounter in Tel Aviv are not so different from the ones he is leaving behind in Paris.

Pio Marmai and Cedric Kahn in scene from “Aliyah.” Below, Kahn and Adele Haenel.
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