• Released
  • February 27, 2004
  • NR
  • Drama
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New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Gitai's characters are meant to represent the Israeli people as a whole. Just as they question their lives, the filmmaker questions...
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By David Rooney
An ensemble drama laced with lighter moments that depicts the vitality, resilience and moral dilemmas of the people of Tel Aviv, the film...
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
Almost a comedy, though not an entirely successful one: It's too acerbic to be funny and too detached to be really moving.
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Los Angeles Times

By Kenneth Turan
The film's drawback, and it is a serious one, is that few of its characters wear very well. The more we see them, the less they involve us...
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Village Voice

By Michael Atkinson
Israel's one-man new wave, Amos Gitai, surveys his nation's hardscrabble quotidian in Alila, which dallies with both Kiarostamian spirit...
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The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
The movie...tries to juggle too many characters at once (its title means "story plot" in Hebrew), and in several cases their connections...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Ultimately lacks the textural depth and emotional precision that marks the work of obvious influences here like Robert Altman, but it does...
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TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Gitai's film is an interesting, if not entirely successful, adaptation of an excellent book.
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L.A. Weekly

By Ella Taylor
Though absorbing enough, Alila must be counted a noble failure, if only because its efforts to follow the screwed-up lives of 12 hapless...
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Rated NR