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In Paris, things do not exactly get off to a good start for the newly arrived Yoav. He knocks on the door of the flat where he's supposed to stay, only to discover the place is empty. While he is taking a bath there, his belongings are stolen. Yet this young Israeli, who has arrived with such great expectations, will not be dissuaded that easily. Desperate to erase his origins, Yoav sees becoming French as his only hope for salvation. Step one is to replace his language. From now on, he will not utter a single word of Hebrew and his dictionary becomes his constant companion. The necessary visits to the Israeli embassy annoy Yoav he finds his compatriots to be a total burden but the naturalization test also has its pitfalls. And the young French couple whom he befriends has some rather strange ideas about how to help him.


  • Tom Mercier
  • Quentin Dolmaire
  • Louise Chevillotte
  • Uria Hayik
  • Olivier Loustau
  • Yehuda Almagor
  • Gaya Von Schwarze
  • Gal Amitai
  • Idan Ashkenazi
  • Dolev Ohana

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Oct 24, 2019

Filmmaker and subject also share a disdain for restraint, shouting and jostling to ensure we’ve gotten their point. But while their parallel passions aren’t exactly subtle, they do make their mark.

Metacritic review by Elizabeth Weitzman
Elizabeth Weitzman
Feb 15, 2019

Lapid continues to exhibit a singular blend of intensity and absurdity, as well as a distinct attention to cinematic craft.

Metacritic review by Jordan Mintzer
Jordan Mintzer
The Hollywood Reporter
Feb 15, 2019

The result is mixed: buoyantly energetic at times, manically unamusing at others and decidedly overstretched.

Jonathan Romney
Screen Daily