Disengagement (2007)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

Germany/Italy/Israel/France, 2007, , , , , , , , .  Screenplay by Amos Gitai, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by , , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

A half-French, half-Israeli police officer () travels to France to bury his father, where he reconnects with his half-sister (Juliette Binoche) and brings her back to Israel with him. Their father’s will instructed that she voyage there to fulfill a wish that involves something she hasn’t dealt with in a very, very long time; how inconvenient that she should be travelling to Gaza at precisely the moment when its residents are being evacuated by the military. All at once this woman, who doesn’t seem overly stable to begin with, is dealing with her family’s closet skeletons and one of the most volatile political situations in the world in this moody, somber and utterly fascinating film by Amos Gitai.  It brilliantly slides from scene to scene, never going out of its way to explain itself but never leaving the audience in the dark either. Various tones are perfectly orchestrated by exceptional direction, while the intelligent script (which sometimes misses with some arch dialogue) captures both the personal and political situations without undercooking one or the other. Binoche is astounding, and gets able support from Levo as her brother as well as a cameo by the magnificent .

Toronto International Film Festival:  2007

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