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|Close to Home|
Actors: Smadar Sayar, Naama Schendar, Danny Geva, Katia Zinbris, Ami Weinberg
Directors: Dalia Hager, Vardit Bilu
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
(Drama) Two young, different female soldiers patrol the anxious streets of Jerusalem, questioning Palestinians and looking for suicide bombers. The rebellious one finds the army demeaning; the controlled one is obedient. ... more »
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Brandon J. from NEW YORK, NY
Reviewed on 11/7/2009...
Suffers from a lack of a standard ending, but numerous powerful scenes. Engrossing. Captures the angst of the modern Israeli/Palestinian dilemma.
Ambitious, yet flawed
JR Mann | Winnetka, IL | 03/10/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Close to Home (Karov La Bayit) ends with an, assumedly, Arab man being pummeled to death by a crowd, over the objections of the two protagonists. We don't see the beating, as the filmmakers choose to not portray violence on screen. (An earlier bombing occurs off screen and we just see its relatively benign after effects.)
While Close to Home is about two women doing their obligatory duty in the Israeli Defense Force, the filmmakers appear to have two agendas, one a simple coming of age theme and the second, women caught up in a ridiculously male-oriented organization.
Viewers of any gender will alternately identify and reject both lead characters and their peculairities. In that, is the strength of the movie as the filmmakers aren't afraid of making both leads human, even if it borders on stereotypes (the timid rule-follower and the brash rule-breaker.)
For exposure to a world and country that is seldom featured in movies, Close to Home is worth a look."