Beneath the Helmet (2014)


“He’s just 20 and he has a lot of responsibility.  For those kids. For their well-being.  A Lot!  I don’t think I was able at his age to carry this load.   So right now, I sit quietly and I try not to interfere too much.” – Ran Adler

Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 Apr 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A look at the way infantry training in the Israeli Army helps shape the soldiers who have just graduated high school into a strong fighting force.

My Take on it – Amazing documentary that gives us the opportunity to see how doing one’s duty for their country can be such a powerful experience.

The way that this film gives us an intimate look at the lives of these 5 teenagers as they transition to a new stage in their lives is quite cathartic to watch.

Watching these kids talk so openly about their experiences and also seeing some of the tasks that they needed to go through in life helped bring back so many memories for me since I went through similar experiences myself 28 years ago when I enlisted.

The story is told in a great way and lets the viewer learn so much by the actions of these characters while not trying to force anything on anyone along the way.

In addition, this film gives us snippets of so many other significant aspects of the lives of these teenagers because we get to see their interactions with family and how they perceive all that is going on with them.

We also get to see some very moving moments along the way including a very emotional speech about why their work is so integral to the country.

The film gives a face to the faceless and more importantly helps give a much better understanding of everything that goes on in the world without the view of politics because it all essentially comes from the heart.

Highly Recommended!

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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