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3.5
305 Ratings

Policeman

Hashoter

Directed by Nadav Lapid
Israel, 2011
Drama

Synopsis

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 defence against the “Arab enemy.” However, an encounter with a radical, violent group turns his life upside down.

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Policeman Directed by Nadav Lapid

Awards & Festivals

Locarno International Film Festival

2011 | Winner: Special Jury Prize (International Competition)

Village Voice Film Poll

2011 | Winner: Best Undistributed Film

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2011 | Nominee: Best Undistributed Film

It is a stunningly achieved work that explores the condition of dogmatic factionalism both through body (the macho posturings of the Israeli police unit) and mind (the poetry slam-style declamations of the radicals). Lapid’s newest work The Kindergarten Teacher premiered at Cannes this year, so he isn’t leaving anytime soon; it’s high time the world catches up with him.
November 30, 2014
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In “Policeman,” Mr. Lapid, making an electrifying feature directing debut, traces the line between the group and the individual in a story that can be read as a commentary on the world as much as on Israel. With a steady camera and cool approach, he devotes the movie’s first part to peeling away Yaron’s life, one layer at a time.
June 12, 2014
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To say that the ensuing drama moves at a snail’s pace runs the risk of offending any slugs who might be reading, but the incremental changes Yaron and his cohorts undergo are something of a slow-burning marvel to behold. Lapid is so unconcerned with crafting a conventional crime drama that merely titling his film Policeman reads as a minor subversion, a way of defining the narrative in relation to a genre it hardly fits into.
June 11, 2014
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