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      Live and Become

      2005 2h 20m Drama List
      88% Tomatometer 34 Reviews 93% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings A Christian boy grows up among Jews in Israel and, as an adult, must confront his past. Read More Read Less
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      Mihaileanu's story of an Ethiopian orphan's struggles overcomes an inflated length and script problems to explore universal issues of racial and religious identity.

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      Maitland McDonagh Time Out Rated: 4/5 Nov 17, 2011 Full Review St. Louis Post-Dispatch Rated: B- Oct 18, 2008 Full Review Robert Abele Los Angeles Times The bounty of incident is balanced by knowing humor, compelling characters and a dedicated compassion toward those for whom the search for home sends their head, heart and feet flying in all directions. Rated: 3.5/5 Jun 27, 2008 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com The message of this stirring feature is relevant, going beyond its particular political context Rated: B Jun 5, 2011 Full Review Nora Lee Mandel Film-Forward.com Sentimental on immigration and assimilation, but intriguingly reflects Israeli diversity, and touching for a guy to survive and flourish thanks to the love of 4 feisty women. Rated: 7/10 Dec 17, 2008 Full Review Sarah Boslaugh Playback:stl If Live and Become told only the story of Schlomo's childhood and adolescence in Israel, it would have been a better movie. Rated: 6/10 Sep 19, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Sal D Great story.....perfectly paced and directed. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/26/23 Full Review dave s In Live and Become, a Christian woman in Ethiopia arranges for her young son to by airlifted from the country and transported to Israel with a group of African Jews in order to provide him with the potential for better opportunities in life. The conditions? He must live his life as a Jew and never return to his country of birth. Filled with interesting characters and scenarios, it is a fascinating journey as the boy tries to come to terms with his identity over a period of about twenty-five years. It's a slowly paced and deliberate film, which makes the final thirty minutes or so a touch puzzling as the movie frantically tries to squeeze in his studies in Paris, his professional life, his courtship and marriage, etc… in a manner that upsets the established pace. Despite the pace issue (and the excessive running time), it's an entertaining and insightful story of acceptance and assimilation. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Cultural confusion and the lack of true identity plague a young boy swept away from his mother during a joint American-Israeli rescue mission in director Radu Mihaileanu's fact-based drama. As thousands of displaced Africans crowd into Sudanese refugee camps, American and Israeli troops organize "Operation Moses," a mission aimed at relocating the wandering Falashas to Israel. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member This french movie is a hidden gem. It tells the story of an Ethiopian Christian boy, named Schlomo, who shows himself as a Jew during Operation Moses so that he can be taken to Israel for the opportunity to live a better life. Schlomo grows up as a Jew and is forced to hide his real identity as he faces the risk of being deported. The acting in the movie is excellent. It is a gripping, heartfelt story that will stay with you for a long time. I recommend it to everyone; a definite masterpiece! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member go, live and become! out of breath. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member This French film manages to adequately tell a story of a young boy who has to pretend to be Jewish to immigrate to Israel, but the film is let down by an indifferent tone, a bloated runtime and a lack of focus. The story begins when Shlomo is a 9 year old boy fleeing war-torn Ethiopia for the fabled "Promised Land" of Jerusalem, under the pretense of a Jewish orphan. As the story continues, we see him adjust to adoption, grow up, find love, find his identity, gain a doctors degree, get married, join the Army, nearly die, become a father and reunite with his birth mother. It's a lot of things, and even with a 2 hour 30 minute runtime, there's not enough time for the film to greatly flesh out many of these concepts, leaving the film episodic in nature. But, on the other hand, the performances are top-notch, and the underlying themes of racism and acceptance are promoted and dissected satisfactorily. A decent, but not spectacular, film. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis A Christian boy grows up among Jews in Israel and, as an adult, must confront his past.
      Director
      Radu Mihaileanu
      Producer
      Denis Carot, Marie Masmonteil, Radu Mihaileanu, Marek Rozenbaum
      Screenwriter
      Radu Mihaileanu, Alain-Michel Blanc
      Production Co
      Cattleya, Medusa Film
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      French (Canada)
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jul 26, 2020
      Runtime
      2h 20m