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23 Ratings

Rabin, the Last Day

Directed by Amos Gitaï
Israel, France, 2015
History, Drama


A film that casts a light on one of the most traumatic events in Israeli history: the assassination of the Labour prime minister Yitzhak Rabin by a young right-wing radical, determined to undermine the difficult process to build peace with the Palestinians.

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Rabin, the Last Day Directed by Amos Gitaï
Like Gitai’s previous efforts, his re-enactments often unfold in long takes, following characters as they enter and exit rooms or pausing on faces to register reactions. It’s a gambit that only works intermittently. The courtroom procedural elements and Amir’s interrogation are riveting (the latter due to Yefet’s undeniable on-screen charisma), but other scenes are undone by poor TV-movie level acting.
January 29, 2016
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Gitai’s scrupulous dedication to the facts is admirable, especially since he doesn’t hide his lingering sorrow and anger at Rabin’s murder, nor his conviction that the assassination effectively scuttled what might have been real progress toward peace in the Middle East. But the movie is almost literally a trial to watch, demonstrating all the passion and excitement of an unedited C-SPAN broadcast.
January 28, 2016
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The overall film is a mix of “The Thin Blue Line” and Costa-Gavras’ “Z.” At times overemphatic (no one will ever accuse Gitai of holding too much back), this docu-thriller is also agonizingly suspenseful, despite the foreordained conclusion. The bitter divisions among fellow Israelis are Gitai’s real subject. The title, it turns out, refers not to Rabin’s time on earth, but to the last day of a real chance for peace.
January 28, 2016
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