Reformist Muslim

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Saturday, December 31, 2005

Film Review - Live And Become

You may not have heard of it, but Live and Become is a must see. As a friend of mine said, it is a film not about politics but about humanity.

It begins with a young Ethiopian boy pretending to be Jewish, trying to gain entry into Israel during Operation Moses. The film then proceeds to track his life in Israel as he and his adoptive family deal with a variety of issues ranging from communal problems such as racism, religion and misogyny to individual issues of love, identity and friendship.

Spanning a large amount of time in real life, there was a danger that this film would fizzle out and lose some of its impact. However the balance is very well maintained with the three actors playing the lead role of 'Schlomo' perfectly believable as one person. The supporting cast led by his parents are superb and his spiritual and adoptive grandfathers put in charming turns adding a bit of wisdom to the film.

The best movie I've seen this year, Live and Become is streets ahead of even very good films such as The Constant Gardener. It may not be on at a cinema near you, but if it is be sure you don't miss it.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

you are wrong. Live and become is about politics as well. I think you have not understood the narrative behind the film. Read the screenplay writer's commentary on his own film and other reviews on it. I think you have not understood the multiple religious, political and social issues covered in the film. Of course, humanism is one of the aspects of the film. But why should a film only espouse one theme. That is why I think you have got it wrong.

8:57 pm, January 27, 2006  
Blogger reformist_muslim said...

Thank you for the comment and sorry for the late reply. The film was very nuanced and I accept that the political and social positions were part of the complex narrative.

However for me, the political elements came through because of the power of the human story, which reflected the political statements more vividly than any political polemic.

5:36 pm, February 08, 2006  

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