Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
In this picaresque comedy, a Georgian boy with a Jewish stepbrother gets involved in an emigration mixup. Things are rough in present-day U.S.S.R., and when Yasha (Gerard Darmon) decides to take advantage of an open emigration visa to Israel being offered by the Russian government, and though his father and family are at first upset at the prospect of losing him, they finally accept the good sense of his decision. While accompanying his brother to the airport, younger stepbrother Merab (also Gerard Darmon) briefly holds Yasha's papers while he goes into a store to buy some things for his trip. Somehow, Merab winds up on the airplane to Vienna, minus luggage or any money. He tries to straighten things out at the Russian embassy, but gets treated as an imposter. So he flies on to Israel, where he tries the same thing. There, they think he is a KGB agent who is testing them, and once again he is sent away. With no other options, he gets involved in some shady dealings in Israel. Meanwhile, his now-desperate family is attempting to persuade the Israeli government to return this, the "wrong" boy, and have kidnapped an American tourist as a hostage.
airport, brother, identity, immigration, Israel, misunderstanding, kidnapping