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Lebanon (2009)

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  • Genre: Drama | War
  • Release Date: 15 October 2009 (Israel)
  • Runtime: 93 min
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  • IMDb page: Lebanon (2009)
  • Rate: 7.0/10 total 5,151 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | War
  • Release Date: 15 October 2009 (Israel)
  • Runtime: 93 min
  • Filming Location: Israel
  • Gross: $367,798(USA)(19 December 2010)
  • Director: Samuel Maoz
  • Stars: Yoav Donat, Itay Tiran and Oshri Cohen
  • Original Music By: Nicolas Becker  Benoît Delbecq   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Tank | Tank Crew | Lebanon | Lebanon War | Female Frontal Nudity

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Samuel Maoz  written by

Known Trivia

  • One of the most jarring sound effects in the film – the banging on the outside of the tank – was achieved by Samuel Maoz banging on the side of the tank with an big iron bar.
  • Ang Lee was a very vocal supporter of the film at the Venice Film Festival where it received a standing ovation.
  • In the original Lebanese war, director Samuel Maoz was the gunner of his vehicle’s four-man crew. He admits to killing a man during his tour of duty.
  • After his wartime experiences, it took Samuel Maoz 25 years to actually be able to physically write a screenplay based on what he had witnessed. Every attempt he had made beforehand had made him vomit.
  • The first Israeli-produced film to win the top prize at the Venice Film Festival.
  • With the exception of three shots – the opening and two closing images – all the footage is shot from within the tank.
  • During filming, Samuel Maoz became feverish from an inexplicable foot infection. He woke up one day to find that five small pieces of shrapnel had fallen from his broken skin. Maoz is convinced that this was “the last testimony to the Lebanon War that his body suddenly decided to eject after 24 years”.
  • In the late 2000s, this was the third film in as many years to focus on Israel’s second invasion of Lebanon. The other films are Ari Folman’s Waltz with Bashir and ‘Joseph Cedar”s Beaufort.
  • Rejected for submission at both the Berlin and Cannes International Film Festival. The film went on to win the Golden Lion at Venice.
  • Writing the screenplay brought many memories back for director Samuel Maoz, the most telling being that he remembered the smell of burning flesh.

Goofs: Anachronisms: During the first part of film the tank zooms in on shelf with a bunch of 7 Up cans. The cans all have the current 7 Up graphics despite the films' 1982 setting.

Plot: During the First Lebanon War in 1982, a lone tank and a paratroopers platoon are dispatched to search a hostile town. Full summary » |  »

Story: June, 1982 – The First Lebanon War. A lone tank and a paratroopers platoon are dispatched to search a hostile town – a simple mission that turns into a nightmare. The four members of a tank crew find themselves in a violent situation that they cannot contain. Motivated by fear and the basic instinct of survival, they desperately try not to lose themselves in the chaos of war.Written by Metro Communications  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Anat Bikel known as producer
  • Rémi Burah known as co-producer
  • Leon Edery known as producer
  • Moshe Edery known as producer
  • Sonja Ewers known as executive producer
  • Ilann Girard known as producer
  • Benjamina Mirnik known as producer
  • Uri Sabag known as producer
  • Gil Sassower known as executive producer
  • David Silber known as producer
  • Meir Tetzet known as line producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Yoav Donat known as Shmulik
  • Itay Tiran known as Assi
  • Oshri Cohen known as Hertzel
  • Michael Moshonov known as Yigal
  • Zohar Shtrauss known as Gamil (as Zohar Strauss)
  • Dudu Tassa known as Syrian Captive
  • Ashraf Barhom known as 1st Phalangist (as Ashraf Barhum)
  • Fares Hananya known as 2nd Phalangist
  • Reymond Amsalem known as Lebanese Mother (as Reymonde Amsellem)
  • Bian Antir known as Lebanese Father
  • Aisha known as Lebanese child
  • Fatima known as Lebanese child (as Fatma)
  • Khaled Salam known as Lebanese Boy (as Khaled Salama)
  • Iad Abu Nama known as BMW Driver
  • Hussein Mahagna known as Truck Driver
  • David Volach known as Army Doctor
  • Aryeh Cherner known as Cornelia (as Arye Cherner)
  • Gur Nedzvetsky known as Israeli soldiers supervisor (voice)
  • Guy Hillel known as Israeli soldier
  • Itay Balzi known as Israeli soldier (as Itay Baizi)
  • Itay Atar known as Israeli soldier
  • Michael Dubin known as Israeli soldier
  • Alon Yaashar known as Israeli soldier (as Alon Ysashar)
  • Matan Elias known as Israeli soldier
  • Gil Sagir known as Israeli soldier
  • Erez Eingel known as Israeli soldier
  • Daniel Fishman known as Israeli Soldier
  • Fares Natur known as Lebanese warrior
  • Muhamed Salama known as Lebanese warrior

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Orly Ronen known as makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Andrew Chernakov known as painter
  • Chen Ohayon known as set dresser
  • Albert Segal known as property master

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Ariel Films
  • Arsam International
  • Arte France
  • Israeli Film Fund
  • Metro Communications
  • Paralite
  • Paralite
  • Torus

Other Companies:

  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix

Distributors:

  • ABC Distribution (2010) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • ABC Distribution (2010) (Luxembourg) (theatrical)
  • Atlantic Film (2010) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • CTV International (2010) (France) (theatrical)
  • Cinemien (2010) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Distribution Company (2010) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Hollywood Entertainment (2009) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Maple Pictures (2010) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • New Lineo Cinemas (2010) (Portugal) (theatrical)
  • Primewave Nexeed (2010) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Senator Film (2010) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Classics (2009) (USA) (theatrical) (subtitled)
  • Argentina Video Home (2011) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Argentina Video Home (2011) (Argentina) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Atlantic Film (2010) (Finland) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Atlantic Film (2010) (Sweden) (DVD)
  • Atlantic Film (2010) (Sweden) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Audio Visual Entertainment (2010) (Greece) (DVD)
  • BIM Distribuzione (2009) (Italy) (all media)
  • CN Entertainment (2011) (Hong Kong) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Canana Films (2010) (Mexico) (all media)
  • Europa Filmes (2010) (Brazil) (all media)
  • Film1 (2011) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore (2010) (Italy) (DVD)
  • Homescreen (2010) (Belgium) (DVD)
  • Homescreen (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Metrodome Distribution (2010) (UK) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Senator Home Entertainment (2011) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (USA) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)

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Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • CinePostproduction

Visual Effects by:

  • Andreas Fröhlich known as colorist

Release Date:

  • Italy 8 September 2009 (Venice Film Festival)
  • Canada 14 September 2009 (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • Israel 24 September 2009 (limited)
  • USA 1 October 2009 (New York Film Festival)
  • Canada 5 October 2009 (Vancouver International Film Festival)
  • South Korea 11 October 2009 (Pusan International Film Festival)
  • Israel 15 October 2009
  • Brazil 23 October 2009 (São Paulo International Film Festival)
  • Italy 23 October 2009
  • UK 26 October 2009 (London Film Festival)
  • USA 6 November 2009 (American Film Market)
  • Greece 17 November 2009 (Thessaloniki International Film Festival)
  • Poland 24 November 2009 (Festiwal Filmy Swiata ale kino!)
  • Greece 21 January 2010
  • Sweden 30 January 2010 (Göteborg International Film Festival)
  • France 3 February 2010
  • Netherlands 3 February 2010 (International Film Festival Rotterdam)
  • UK 25 February 2010 (Glasgow Film Festival)
  • Poland 5 March 2010
  • Belgium 17 March 2010
  • Netherlands 18 March 2010
  • Hong Kong 2 April 2010 (Hong Kong International Film Festival)
  • Ireland 9 April 2010
  • Sweden 9 April 2010
  • UK 9 April 2010
  • Greece 2 May 2010 (Festival of Solidarity for Palestinian People)
  • USA 2 May 2010 (San Francisco International Film Festival)
  • Denmark 6 May 2010
  • Portugal 6 May 2010
  • USA June 2010 (Los Angeles Film Festival)
  • Russia 21 June 2010 (Moscow Film Festival)
  • Czech Republic 6 July 2010 (Karlovy Vary Film Festival)
  • South Africa 24 July 2010 (Durban International Film Festival)
  • Australia 2 August 2010 (Melbourne International Film Festival)
  • USA 6 August 2010 (New York City, New York)
  • USA 13 August 2010 (Los Angeles, California)
  • Kazakhstan 17 August 2010
  • Canada 20 August 2010 (limited)
  • Finland 15 September 2010 (Blu-ray premiere) (DVD premiere)
  • Brazil 24 September 2010 (Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival)
  • Germany 14 October 2010
  • USA 23 October 2010 (Tallgrass Film Festival)
  • Japan 11 December 2010
  • Argentina 17 March 2011
  • Chile 28 July 2011
  • Mexico 30 December 2011 (limited)

MPAA: Rated R for disturbing bloody war violence, language including sexual references, and some nudity

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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10 Comments

  1. Jerome Fink from Israel
    30 Mar 2012, 10:15 am

    As a human relationship movie it is very standard, the usual war ishell BS, standard, predictable, nothing noteworthy. The dilemma ofkilling, the crew cracking up, its over the top, and all been donebefore and better. It reeks of Israeli propaganda, 'the human face' ofthe Israeli soldier, under the guise of the directors own 'traumatic'experiences in Lebanon.

    As a war movie it is beyond unrealistic (but lacking suspension ofdisbelief). I can understand the theatrical requirement to increase thesize of the interior of the turret, but the lack of helmets worn by thetank crew, I don't get (probably the actors agents demanding that wesee their pretty faces), they would be dead after half an hour ofdriving off road, nor could they communicate with each other.

    The lack of chain of command, team work and camaraderie in the tank isnot credible. Tankers do not and cannot work this way. The onlyrealistic moment is when Herzel (Oshri Cohen) shouts at the rest of thecrew that they are going to get him killed because of their inabilityto function.

    And for those that thought that peeing in the ammo box was shockinglyrealistic, not so. In a Centurion tank, you use a used canon shellcasing, so that you can throw it out though the shell loading portal,without the need to open a hatch.

    I also served in Lebanon, from 1985-1987, in an IDF tank.

  2. demaoza
    30 Mar 2012, 10:15 am

    I've been surfing in IMDb for a long time, but this is the first timeI've ever felt the need to post a comment for a movie. I guess itreally startled me. Anyway, it's probably the best war picture I'veever seen, as I already hinted in the title.

    You see, the problem with war pictures is that many times they're justnot good enough, but when they're too good, they reach a level ofentertainment that makes me, as a viewer, "enjoy" the war and find itpleasurable, even if it wasn't the director's intention. Take"Apocalypse Now", for example, or "Full Metal Jacket" – Those moviesshow the Vietnam War as some sort of a spectacle, which makes theviewer enjoy the war when he should despise it.

    What makes "Lebanon" so unique is that the movie is impressive andbeautiful as a work of art, but in the same time it succeeds infeaturing war as so horrible, that you feel disgusted and amazed in thesame time.

    I don't know. Maybe the fact that I served in the Israely ArtilleryCorps affects my judgment. When you serve inside a cannon whichresembles too much the tank shown in the movie, with all theclaustrophobia and disorientation involved, it might be much easier torelate to such a movie.

    Anyway, this movie is not perfect. It falls to some clichés sometimes,and the acting of Oshri Cohen tends to get on my nerves, but the camerawork is flawless, and the direction, mostly, is superb.

    I saw another comment here which said that movies like "Bofor" and"Waltz With Bashir", which deal with the Lebanon War as well, were muchbetter because they show the background stories of the charactersshown, but I don't thing "Lebanon" needed such stories. It was goodenough to show the traumatic reactions of scared young soldiers whojust want to go home in the face of war.

    This movie is not trying to say what is right or wrong. It simply givesyou the sour taste of war as it is. I generally dislike films that feelme with anger, sadness, nausea or grief, but in this case, the moviewas so good and important I feel proud I saw it.

    I think everyone should see this movie. Really. It's not an easy one,and it's not perfect, but it's REAL. Too close to reality, I might add.But still. Strong and magnificent cinema.

  3. natalielee from UK
    30 Mar 2012, 10:15 am

    Yes, it's true, I will not call this film a masterpiece but it mostdefinitely does catch the emotions and fears of a young soldier. Itmust be remembered that unlike most countries, Israelis must serve inthe army after high school/when they turn 18. This means that not everysoldier is prepared emotionally for what is about to come especially ata time of war. Finally there is a movie that portrays the soldiers aswhat they really are – human beings. I believe the comment left by theperson who was disappointed by the movie comes from a very naive place.It is very easy to think that all soldiers are robotic with one aim -to shoot the enemy but to understand the complexity and the mixedemotions a 19 year old boy, who just finished high school and wasthrown into this situation with no warning, feels as he begins thefirst day of a war is virtually impossible unless you see it throughthe eyes of someone who has actually witnessed the horrors of war inthis situation. The acting was very good and gave a real feeling ofIsraeli persona and brotherhood. It is realistic and unbiased – showsboth left and right wing behaviors. It is not an easy movie and itreally captures the feelings of the characters in a way you can notescape.

  4. derekrankine from Glasgow, Scotland
    30 Mar 2012, 10:15 am

    Lebanon is based on director Samuel Maoz's own experiences as a soldierin the 1982 Israel- Lebanon conflict. The film focuses exclusively onthe experiences of the four young Israelis that are responsible foroperating a tank that rolls into Lebanese territory at the start of thewar.

    For almost the entire duration, the characters and the audience aretrapped inside the vehicle; we can see only what they can externallythrough the narrow tunnel vision of a gun turret periscope. With nowider political context and little character background, this viewpointsuccessfully creates a claustrophobic, tense atmosphere and providesoriginality and intrigue to what might have been overlooked as 'anotherwar film'.

    The soldiers, confined to the tank, are inexperienced, tired, hungry,thirsty, scared, homesick, dirty, feverish and unable to workcompetently as a team. In the opening scene, their collectivecallowness leads to the deaths of a fellow soldier and an innocentcivilian. From here, difficulty after difficulty presents itself in theform of hostile forces, indignant superior officers, technologicalissues and internal disputes.

    The way the characters respond, the powerful use of imagery – and thecontrast between the constant mechanical noise and darkness inside thetank, and the bright environment and varied action outside – combine toshape a potent viewing experience.

  5. poc-1 from Cork, Ireland
    30 Mar 2012, 10:15 am

    To be sure, this movie is innovative. The point of view of the tankcommander, the claustrophobic interior of the tank. But really thatsall. There is no meaningful character development and no change ofscene. The basic message is war is hell, but that has been done so manytimes before.

    Essentially it is 90 minutes of various shots of dirty unshaven mencomplaining, tank interior rumbling, oil and blood. periscope views ofthe outside where civilians get killed.

    To call it Das Boot in a tank is an insult to that fine film, which hasgreat characters, proper character development, genuine suspense and acrippling emotional climax. This movie has none of those.

    Added to this is a long list of inaccuracies about tanks and tankwarfare that have been written about elsewhere.

    There are a few token allusions to the Lebanese war, evil Phalagistsand the murder of civilians. Perhaps that's why it got a prize. I am nosupporter of the Israeli Defence Force, but I prefer my movies to havemore depth and nuance.

  6. Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California
    30 Mar 2012, 10:15 am

    The film presents a concentrated and specific indictment of war throughpresenting innocent and unwilling young men who are unquestionablybrave under fire, but virtually helpless in a dicey and deterioratingsituation. Such an anti-war arc is more effectively used in BernardWicki's extraordinary 1959 German anti-war film Die Brucke, also abouta doomed squad of young men, because the latter provides fullerbackstories for each man. Maoz's young actors are vivid and believable.Shmulik (Yuav Donat), Assi (Itay Tiran), Hertzel (Oshri Cohen) andYigal (Michael Moshonov), the crew; Jamil (Zohar Staruss), theirarrogant (and hitherto unfamiliar) superior officer; or their Syriancaptive (Dudu Tassa); and the several others are all good. But theyonly appear to us in the tank as the operation begins; it all takesplace in a few hours, and there is no time to provide back-stories;they are appealing but somewhat generic.

    Despite his personal experience (25 years ago) in the 1982 war, some ofMaoz's writing falls prey to clichés of the oversensitive rookie, thebrusque superior officer, the insistence of bodily needs, and so on. Alot of the dialogue seems stagy, even though this staging trumpsanything you could do in a theater.

    'Lebanon' is nonetheless a superb piece of film-making and no mere tourde force, because it all takes place within a tank, but DP GioraBejach, as Maoz puts it, was "two photographers," depicting the eventsinside but also shooting through the tank's sights so we see the worldoutside as the crew sees it, including several devastating scenes inwhich Lebanese civilians are ravaged, humiliated and killed — inparticular a mother (Raymonde Ansellem) keening over her dead littledaughter whose dress catches fire, leaving her naked. This is far moreshocking than any of the provocations in Lars von Trier's 'Antichrist,'which seem contrived and calculated in comparison. Lebanon is very finein its resolution of the problem of the claustrophobic setting.

    The film exposes the Israeli violation of international law. The tankcrew is told that a town has been bombed, and their job is to accompanytroops who are going in to wipe out anyone left alive in it. Thecommander repeatedly orders the bomber to use white phosphorus bombs,but says they're illegal so they will call them "flaming smoke."

    Action in the tank is specific and compelling. These guys are littlemore than boys. The newest member is the gunner. He admits he's shotonly at "barrels" before this, and when the time comes to shoot, hecan't pull the trigger, with disastrous results. What happens whenyou're in a tank and can't leave it, but it becomes disabled in enemyterritory? In 'Lebanon' you find out.

    I differ with Derek Elley's view (in VARIETY) that this film issuperior to 'Beaufort' and 'Waltz with Bashir.' Both provide a a largercontext on the war; the "visceral" vividness of the young men'sexperience doesn't compensate for this lack. I'm also surprised VARIETYsays this film "has the least to do with Lebanon per se," and "could beset in any tank, any country." Mr. Elley seems to have forgotten aboutthe Lebanese civilians as well as Arabic-speaking "terrorists" (the IDFterm for the enemy) who are very vividly seen in this film, and not inthe two others, both of which, however, are excellent films. They'reall good, and all have severe shortcomings as views of the Lebanesewar.

    Maoz won the Golden Lion in Venice for this directorial debut. Sonywill distribute the film in the US. Seen as a part of the New York FilmFestival at Lincoln Center 2009.

  7. John DeSando (jdesando@columbus.rr.com) from Columbus, Ohio
    30 Mar 2012, 10:15 am

    "Man is steel, the tank is only iron." Sign inside the Israeli tank.

    Lebanon is a claustrophobic cinema verite about an Israeli tankpatrolling the First Lebanon War in 1982. On its way with paratroopersto survey a leveled, hostile town, the tank encounters enemies, and theinconvenience, boredom, and terror of living inside an iron box withnot even enough room to pee. The above sign is amply ironic about thedecidedly unsteel-like humans. The voice of Central Command coming overthe communication network reminds me of Pinter or Beckett, ominous andremote, not anyone's idea of a benevolent god.

    Comparisons have been made between this film and Das Boot (1981), thememorable submarine movie, also mostly shot inside the warship.However, Das Boot seems like a 4000 square foot condo next to Lebanon's600 square apartment, so much more room does the sub seem to have withwalking and just standing upright. Comparisons also have been made withlast year's Oscar winner, The Hurt Locker. Their minimalism has much incommon, but Hurt Locker gives richer characters and more breathingspace.

    The conflicts in Lebanon besides the grubby, grueling tank interiorinclude the choice of shooting the enemy or not. The Solomon choices ofblasting or not a car with passengers, a farmer's truck, and a youngboy are dramatically intense. Also, when a Syrian prisoner is taken,the choice of how to treat him is not so easy because a supposedlyhelpful but devious Phalangist (Christian Arab) may want to torturehim, unbeknownst to the Israelis.

    The close up camera work is expertly done as it invites the audience tolook while being repulsed at the same time, not an easy cinematic feat.The first and last shots of a sunflower field are another ironic touch.

    This is a film to help us understand the harrowing life of soldiers andthe ambiguous morality of war.

  8. slackr002 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 10:15 am

    It's only so so. As mentioned before, there is no characterdevelopment, the dialogue and plot is unrealistic, the movie plods, andbuilds to no climax or resolution. Yes, war is hell, and some peopleare unprepared for the human face of killing. it's all been donebefore. And the novelty of he entire film taking place in the tank getsold after the first 20 min. It's just not a very good movie on anyterms. It starts with a lot of potential, and then goes nowhere; younever care about the characters, so you never care what happens tothem. It's fine for a foreign rental, but best war movie ever? Hardly.Might want to watch Glory or Black Hawk Down again…

  9. dromasca from Herzlya, Israel
    30 Mar 2012, 10:15 am

    'Lebanon' starts in a beautiful endless sunflower filed, under ascorching sun. It is the last time we see open space and sunlight untilthe very end of the film.

    The rest of the action happens in the close space of a tank, in thefirst days of Israel's war in Lebanon in 1982. A team of four soldiersis sent in action with a paratroopers company and we soon realize thatthey are not really heroes stuff. The commanding officer lacksexperience and he will crack psychologically under the stress. Thedriver dreams only to his parents and how to return home, and does notreally master his mechanical devices. The gunner never saw actionbefore and he freezes at the first encounter with the enemy causing thedeath of a paratrooper. The most experienced soldier is the gun loader,he is two weeks before discharge, but we know that he will spend manymore months and maybe years in the army, as this war lasted long.

    Soon things go wrong. The company officer is the typical army brute,speaking in slogans, hiding information, giving controversial orders.They soon lose completely their sense of orientation and findthemselves in enemy controlled territory. The tank is hit, they hardlyescape death, and the only meaningful order they get is 'you canimprovise'.

    The film is a beautiful exercise of cinema and this is the main reasonit got the Golden Lion in Venice and may gather more trophies in thefuture. The whole action happens in the claustrophobic environment ofthe tank, which somehow resembles the fortification in another Israelifilm inspired by the Lebanon war – 'Beaufort' but is more sordid,dirty, unbearable. The outer world is permanently seen through the lensof the targeting optical device, it looks like a target and is indeed aworld of destruction, ruins and death, but the balance of forces is notclear, as the the threat comes for the soldiers in the tank fromoutside, so to some extent they are also a target in a game that canturn deadly at any moment.

    In the original aesthetics of the film lies its quality but more wasneeded to make this film a full and consistent work of cinema. What ismissing is a more clear delimitation of the psychology of thecharacters. The director and the actors intended to show a team ofnormal young men put in impossible situations, in a place where they donot want to be and where no normal human beings want to be. However,they could not fill appropriately the 90 screen minutes that our heroesspend in the enclosure, and they resorted sometimes to clichés dialogand character stereotypes that do not match the expressiveness of thefew good minutes of wonderful camera work.

    I liked less 'Lebanon' in comparison with the other two Israeli filmsmade in the previous years about the war. It certainly does not havethe novelty of language and genre of 'Waltz with Bashir' and not eventhe crisp quality of the cinema and characters building in 'Beaufort'.It has a powerful anti-war message, which can be read as not onlyopposing a specific war but any war that obliges people face impossiblesituations. The concept and cinema language are original, butcharacters development does not completely fit the ambitions.

    At the end of the film the tank finds somehow its way out of theencirclement. For the first time we see the tank filmed from outside,all over the film we saw only the interior. One of the soldiers risesout in the light of the sun. He finds himself in the sunflower fieldthat we saw in the first sequence of the movie. The cinema exercise isover.

  10. Enchorde from Sweden
    30 Mar 2012, 10:15 am

    Recap: A tank crew is on the frontline in the 1982 war in Lebanon.Almost instantly they end up in hostilities and from that point almosteverything goes bad. Confronted with the horrors of war the crewquickly loses their moral and start bickering. Confined from theoutside world by their armor, their (and ours) only point of view isthe tank viewfinder. As the crew continues to lose moral, things turnworse both inside and outside the tank. Outside they find themselvesout of reach of their own army in hostile territory, and inside, aftertaking damage to the tank, they lose all training and organizationamong themselves. Will they survive?

    Comments: A movie that has gotten a lot of praise and good reviews. Ican't see why. There is no real coherent story, no real understandingof what is happening in the bigger picture, but that's not really thepoint anyway. The point, if I might guess, is to show that everyone isa victim in a war, both (and this might sound bad, but bear with me)those who get shot at, and those who shoots at them. In Lebanon we getto see the latter's point of view.

    The point is to show a crew under extreme pressure and finally crackingunder it. But as the movie is rather short and the director is tooimpatient to get to his point, there is no real time to build anypressure to speak of. So when the crew is instantly breaking downmentally, without much pressure, instead of showing the horror of war,it just gets annoying. At best the crew seem poorly trained, at worst…I won't say. I can't sympathize with the, or the movie.

    Unfortunately there are some annoying details as well. One is the waterinside the tank. They must ration water, but the tank is almostflooding at the same time. Also, am I really to believe that thegrenade that heavily mutilated the driver left all his chickensundamaged? And their tank seem easier to get into than checking into anhotel , and that is in a supposed war.

    Unfortunately, the final verdict is that I just don't buy it. Theambition is commendable, the idea is good. But ideas are not enough.

    Rating: Four damaged tanks out of ten.

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