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Critic Reviews for Beaufort
Clearly something has gone MIA in moving from the small pictures into a cohesive big one.
As long as soldiers have gone into battle they have struggled with the rightness of their actions and their purpose in the field -- no matter how firm their resolve at the outset.
The camera never leaves the beleaguered compound, and Beaufort itself becomes a character in the story, a surrealistic zone of tunnels, bunkers and sandbags, about as far from the possibility of heroism as possible.
Audience Reviews for Beaufort
A fantastic offering from Israel depicting the comradeship between soldiers assigned to an isolated outpost in Lebanon. Director Joseph Cedar centers the focus on his characters by putting the camera right down in the trenches with them. Other than their mortars and missiles you never even see the enemy, increasing the sense of isolation and (sometimes) despair. A fitting tribute to the brave men who actually served at Beaufort.
[font=Century Gothic]"Beaufort" takes place at a medieval fort in southern Lebanon which was captured by the Israeli army in 1982 in a controversial battle.(Years later, there are debates concerning whether an order to attack was ever given.) 18 years later and the war is winding down but hostilities have not quite ceased. To prove that point, Hezbollah have planted an explosive device on the road out. In response, the Israeli army have sent a bomb squad expert, Ziv(Ohad Knoller), to defuse and study it but he is not quite sure he can. Regardless, the commanding officer, Liraz(Oshri Cohen), strongly disagrees and wants the bomb removed anyway...[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]"Beaufort" is a moving film about the futility of war against an enemy who is never seen, the soldiers never being allowed to patrol beyond the confines of their outpost.(The outpost itself is undermanned and mannequins are employed to fill in the gaps.) The movie perfectly captures the feel of combat which I have heard described as long periods of tedium, broken up by sheer moments of terror. But this is also where the movie stumbles badly by setting up a couple of manipulative and predictable sequences, topped off by a prolonged ending. In the end, there is something deeply tragic about a war started by one generation, only to be finished by the next.(Hopefully, this does not happen with Iraq.) [/font]
You almost want to characterize this as the live action version of Waltz With Bashir...in my opinion it is just as effective. A very appropriate picture given that another great troop withdrawal is soon upon us.
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