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Hallelujah (2003)

When Israel is hosting the 1979 Eurovision Song Contest soldier Shuki knows it is his chance to ask his girlfriend's father for her hand. His commander, major Magen David, will do his best to prevent this from happening.


Daniel Syrkin


Oded Rozen


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Credited cast:
Efrat Aviv ... Milli
Tzion Baruch ... Shuki Ventura
Sofie Cappelen Sofie Cappelen ... Inga
Yehuda Cohen ... Taxi driver
Moshe Folkenflick ... Marko
Tal Friedman ... Major Magen David
Myriam Fuks ... Milli's mother
Itai Ganot Itai Ganot ... Tsvik
Moti Giladi ... Gershon
Eitan Glass Eitan Glass ... Tuvia
Uri Gottlieb ... Haim
Adib Jahschan ... Abed
Harel Noff Harel Noff ... Genghis Khan
Oded Rozen Oded Rozen ... Gas station worker
Israel Tsvi Israel Tsvi ... Police officer


The history of Israel and Eurovision Song Contest become one, when Israel hosts the contest for the first time, while it is the last year of Israeli army occupation of Egyptian territory, Sinai. Shooki, who is in the middle of his military service in Sinai, decides it's time to ask his girlfriend's father for her hand. To do so he needs to steal his commander's car, and do his best to meet his hopefully future in law before the competition ends, while hoping for a second Israeli victory in a row. Shooki's commander, major Magen David, will not accept any evasion on his watch. As a nationalist and patriotic soldier he knows army comes first, and all is fair. This hot pursuit leads to irreversible outcomes, when the two finally collide. Written by Jonas Gardel

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Moti Giladi, who plays Gershon in this film, appeared in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1986. See more »

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Relatively harmless farce
26 May 2019 | by NozzSee all my reviews

This is a short, seriously dated, but relatively harmless farce with some serious improbability here and there but with some praiseworthy touches too. The hero has to overcome not only external obstacles but also an inner choice regarding his direction in life. The comic villain too turns out to have a choice of his own to make, and he makes it with a newly acquired self-understanding. Oddly, the director of this 2003 comedy revolving around Eurovision and the Israeli army has gone on to make a 2019 comedy revolving around Eurovision and terrorists, "Douze Points." I haven't seen that one, but I'm a little more inclined to consider watching it on the basis of "Hallelujah."

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