“No. I blame only myself. You can’t blame the army, you cant blame the generals. But these generals aren’t really responsible for my son. They don’t even know him. I’m responsible for him. He’s my son. I educated him. Apparently I didn’t educate him very well. When I was a kid, my parents made me feel like the most valued thing on Earth. A precious stone that should be wrapped in cotton wool.” – Amox Faran
Number of Times Seen – 2 (18 Feb 2008 and 5 Aug 2014)
Brief Synopsis – The story of a platoon of Israeli soldiers stationed at an outpost in the Lebanon Security Zone during the days before the withdrawal from the area.
My Take on it – As I previously mentioned in my review of Footnote (2011), I have numerous personal connections to Director Joseph Cedar.
What’s interesting is that when I saw this movie for the first time back in 2008, I was completely unaware of those connections and rewatching it now has a totally new meaning to me because of that.
As a soldier serving in the Israeli army back in 1994, I was personally stationed in a similar outpost to the one depicted in this movie, so I can relate to this film on so many levels.
Thankfully, the post I was stationed on didnt have as much action as this one, but I could completely understand the feelings of the soldiers in many of their situations.
This movie takes account of some true events and blends them with some fiction in order to give us a complex and compelling story. Many of the actors and crew also served at some point in the Lebanon security zone so the realism and details are actually very scary.
This story tries to make sense of a situation that many have debated over for decades, but ultimately it gives us the perspective of the young men sent to defend the area as opposed to the views of the politicians.
This was only Cedar’s third full length movie and he was able to garner a Best Foreign Picture Oscar nomination for it. He didnt win, but the fact that he once again got another nomination 4 years later for his next film says that he is definitely an Israeli director to keep an eye out for.
Bottom Line – Complex characters and situations that I personally can relate to. Cedar showed how great a film maker he was with this movie. Not for everyone because of the themes explored. Highly recommended!
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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