Israeli film is a romantic comedy that takes place in Israel during the austerity period of the 1950s. The main character is Alex, a 12-year-old boy who is about to turn 13 and attend his bar mitzvah.
Alex comes from a poor, dysfunctional family of Polish Jewish origin whose poverty requires them to share their apartment. Their tenant is Faruk, a Persian man whose humorous battle against baldness is a running bit in the film.
At first, Alex falls in love with Mimi, the new girl in his class. Everything changes, however, when his aunt Lola arrives in Israel from Poland to search for a lost love with whom she once lived but who vanished after the Nazi invasion of Poland. Alex falls for his aunt and she responds by providing the soon-to-be 13-year-old with more than familial love.
The film authentically recreates the atmosphere of the country in the 1950s, known as the Austerity in Israel, including the black market, radio broadcasts concentrating on the search for lost relatives, music and pastimes of the 1950s and the era’s clothing and dress styles.
Alex Holeh Ahavah (Hebrew: אלכס חולה אהבה, English: Alex Is Lovesick) is an Israeli cult film directed by Boaz Davidson which was released in 1986. It stars Eitan Anshel, Sharon Hacohen, and Uri Kabiri. The film, set in the 1950s, features a boy (Anshel) as the main protagonist and his life as the son of Polish immigrants.
Alex Holeh Ahavah (1986)
Directed by: Boaz Davidson
Starring: Eitan Anshel, Sharon Hacohen, Uri Kabiri, Avi Kushnir, Jupiter Leonid, Avraham Mor, Alik Pelman, Hinna Rozovska, Hana Rot
Screenplay by: Boaz Davidson
Cinematography by: Amnon Salomon
Film Editing by: Bruria Davidson
Costume Design by:
Art Direction by: Avishay Avivi
Distributed by: Berky, Humphries
Release Date: May 11, 1986