Friday, February 11, 2011

Lebanon (2009)

Director: Samuel Maoz. Cast: Yoav Donat, Itay Tiran, Oshri Cohen, Michael Moshonov. 93 min. Rated R. Israel/France/Lebanon /Germany. War.

Being an Israeli soldier must really suck. Following Wolfgang Peterson's masterpiece Das Boot (almost an entire movie in a submarine), this is the tank version of the same claustrophobic event. In itself, that is quite a feat. The director clearly demonstrates the human side of Israeli soldiers - their hesitations, feelings of guilt, and that the enemy in war is war itself. But the way the screenplay tries to limit the whole story into the confines of a tank makes some moments difficult to believe, if not logistically impossible. Worth a try - if you can take some gut-wrenching violence.

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