Yaron is one of an elite group of police officers working in an anti-terrorist unit in the Israeli police force. He and his fellow officers are the ultimate defense against the ”Arab enemy." However, an encounter with a radical, violent group turns his life upside down.
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A strange mix that never quite excels in this dual tale concerning an elite cop squad and an unlikely Israeli terrorist group of privileged kids. The first half is the interesting one with a near homo-erotic edge in the comradeship of the officers as they band together facing charges from a previous mission. The second drags the film down with an unfocused amateurish script. By the end any interest is long gone.
"Zero Motivation" "Gett" "Youth" "Why hast thou forsaken me?"....I love young israeli filmmakers, love their unique and scathing skill to criticize own country. So finally, I watched Nadav Lapid film and very shocked. Horrifyingly matter-of-fact, deeply critical movie about crash between love-my-countrys and hate-my-countrys. SO SUPERB.
The contrast between the warmth brotherhood of the police vs the cold tension of the Baader-Meinhof wannabes was quite interesting. There were some excellent performances, but the sound was so horrible it was hard to tell.
Staggeringly well-made film. The collaboration here between Lapid and DP Goldman reminds me of that between the greatest working team in contemporary cinema, Claire Denis and Agnès Godard, and NOBODY EVER reminds me of them - what they do is superlative. In fact, the early attention to the homosocial domain of male police officers explicitly invokes Beau Travail. And things get WAY more profound than I was expecting
The film's title and narrative structure indicate that the movie isn't about the depicted conflict. Rather, the camera's focus on women strongly suggests a deeper social theme. However, this really isn't enough to ground the film. The second act is devoted to characters who are essentially caricatures intended to bring the real lead to the director's intended conclusion. Still, not an unpromising debut feature.
Was I supposed to hate every character in this film? I didn't care for any of them, and if I had to hear the "its time for the poor to get rich" speech one more time, I would've thrown my computer out the window.