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2022thumb This overlong story of an Ethiopian boy's experiences attempting to pass himself off as Jewish in order to enter Israel, gets bogged down with a meandering script that fails to gain momentum. The story begins in 1984 at a refugee camp in Sudan where an Israeli mission is underway to rescue Ethiopian Jews to Israel. A non-Jewish mother sees the opportunity for her nine-year-old Solomon and sends him off on a journey that must necessarily come full circle in Africa. Romanian writer/director Radu Mihaileanu clearly cares deeply for his subject but gets sidelined from pulling it together. The use of amateur actors in primary roles also reflects poorly on a potentially touching story.

Not Rated. 148 mins. (C-) (Two Stars)

Posted by Cole Smithey on February 6, 2008 in Foreign | Permalink
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