Beaufort (2007)

JOSEPH CEDAR

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.

Israel, 2007.  , , , , , , , , , .  Screenplay by Joseph Cedar, based on the novel Im Yesh Gan Eden by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by . Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Israeli soldiers are stationed at a centuries-old fort during the Lebanon war just before the country’s withdrawal from the territory.  The varied group of young men, whose personalities clash more often than cleave, see little action but plenty of friction as conflict wanes but danger still abounds.  The objective is to abandon the post, but even that is fraught with complication and danger: the film begins with the disarming of what appears to be a land mine and does not get any easier from there.  Tension increases as the other side remains unseen and frustration becomes the key enemy in a classy, smart and polished thriller whose only minor flaw is a collection of characters who never fully engage the audience’s sympathies.

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Foreign Language Film

Berlin Film Festival Award:  Best Director (Joseph Cedar)

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