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The New Statesman has a review of the Israeli film, Beaufort:

“Beaufort, now being shown in London at the Jewish Film Festival ahead of UK-wide distribution next March, is set in the dog days of Israel’s 18-year occupation of South Lebanon. It tells the story of the last unit to withdraw, quaking with fear as the Hezbollah rockets rain down. Given that the Israel Defence Force assisted with the production, it is very off-message.

Israel has its share of left-wing film-makers. But few have made films about fighting and even fewer have enjoyed commercial success. Yet 135,000 (in a country of only 7 million) went to see Beaufort in its first two-and-a-half weeks. The Jerusalem Post, a conservative daily, dubbed it “Israel’s first great war movie”. An Israeli official describes it as “Israel’s Platoon”. But Beaufort’s success also reflects something in the national mood. Its location, and its portrait of the futility of an unwinnable war, has struck a chord with audiences reeling from last summer’s fighting.

Listen to the review here

Written by modernityblog

10/11/2007 at 16:15

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  1. “An Israeli official describes it as “Israel’s Platoon””

    The 1986 Israeli movie “Ricochets” was dubbed at the time “The Israeli “Platoon””:

    “The story of a platoon of Israeli soldiers in Lebanon of 1986, shortly before Israeli withdrawal, and the dilemmas they face in having to fight against Lebanese guerilla in a hostile but civilian area. ”


    11/11/2007 at 02:34

  2. thanks, I didn’t know that, I’ll look out for the film.


    11/11/2007 at 02:52

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