Alila (2003)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Ensemble Film, Psychological Drama, Urban Drama  |   Release Date - Feb 27, 2004 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 121 min.  |   Countries - France, Israel  |  
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Directed by Amos Gitai, Alila is based on Yehoshua Kenaz's novel Returning Lost Love and chronicles the trials and tribulations of every day life in Tel Aviv. Most of the film revolves around an apartment block on the working-class borders of Tel Aviv, where the trysts of residents Hezi (Amos Lavie) and Gabi (Yael Abecassis) attract their neighbors' attention, as does the unauthorized construction of an additional wing to the building. A neighboring family patriarch, meanwhile, is dealing with legal troubles (he hired illegal Chinese construction workers), the AWOL status of his son, and his wife's affair with a younger man. A Holocaust survivor (Yosef Carmon) and his Filipino housekeeper (Lyn Shiao Zamir) further illustrate the conflict between Jews, Jews of different extractions, and Arabs in the community.

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apartment, construction, housekeeper, illegal-alien, Israel, neighborhood, racial-tension, social-classes, working-class