Avalon

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Released 1990

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Director:
Barry Levinson
Released:
1990
Rating:
PG

Avalon is a 1990 drama that follows a family of Jewish immigrants for over half a century, beginning with the arrival of its patriarch in the United States shortly after World War I. A semi-autobiographical film written and directed by Barry Levinson, it begins in 1914 in the Baltimore neighborhood of Avalon. Sam Krichinsky (Armin Mueller-Stahl) and his brothers Hymie (Leo Fuchs) and Gabriel (Lou Jacobi) are newly arrived to this country. By pitching in from the earnings of their paper-hanging business, they gradually manage to bring other family members to their adopted country. Eventually Sam can afford to bring over his Wife, Eva (Joan Plowright). As the story progresses, it focuses on their son, Jules (Aidan Quinn), and on the extended Krichinsky family. They toil at their jobs, celebrate holidays together, and agree on which other relatives to bring over. That might be the only thing they agree on, though, as bickering and kvetching are an integral part of the family dynamic. As the years advance, we witness the family's fortunes and misfortunes and see a gradual disintegration of family bonds in this sentimental narrative of family life.

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    Drama

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    90s, Religion & Spirituality, Family Dramas, Social Issues