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Beaufort (2007)

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86

Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 51
Fresh: 44 | Rotten: 7

Beaufort is a deeply observant and meditative war film, masterfully rendered by director Joseph Cedar.

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Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 3

Beaufort is a deeply observant and meditative war film, masterfully rendered by director Joseph Cedar.

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The title of Joseph Cedar's war drama Beaufort refers to the name of a fortress held by Israeli troops, during that country's contentious occupation of Lebanon from 1982-2000 -- an effort that Israel roundly lost. The film itself opens at the tail end of that occupation. It follows Liraz Liberti, the then-22-year-old leader of troops occupying Beaufort, as he and his subordinates come face to face with the necessity of withdrawal. As enemy fire bombards the fortress, Liraz recognizes that it

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Joseph Cedar, Ron Leshem

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All Critics (51) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (44) | Rotten (7)

The soldiers feel stuck and so do we.

November 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Clearly something has gone MIA in moving from the small pictures into a cohesive big one.

September 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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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.

August 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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[A] blistering antiwar film.

August 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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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.

May 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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It makes an urgent case for the futility of most wars, which serve immediate political goals that afterward don't seem terribly important.

May 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Film.com
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Cedar overcomes the generic characters and formulaic "which innocent will die next in an ironic twist" plotting by his attention to detail.

August 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago
Time Out Chicago

Powerful portrait of an officer and his soldiers facing up to what it means to serve in an army of a fallible, democratic country that spins an explosive pyrrhic victory

December 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

It doesn't come like a full-length, filmed history lesson at all. In fact, it's a pretty fascinating, sometimes disturbing tale about the emotional and physical toll of combat.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Engaging war drama that subtly mixes in several different genres to intriguing effect, though it occasionally relies too heavily on cliches.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

The film is slow and rather too long (and a bit preachy), but always intense, and its intentions are certainly clear.

August 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

In the end [it] isn't about victory or defeat... It's about surviving another day, doing one's job, and getting back to family.

May 29, 2008
The Jewish Advocate

Even if they do finally get to leave, the film's dispiriting message seems to tell us, in eight centuries there will probably be a new set of soldiers guarding Beaufort.

May 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Culturally specific war movie leaves non-Israelis wondering what we missed

April 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

This Oscar-nominated drama makes excellent use of its location and ensemble cast.

April 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A fine war picture, one that spotlights war's wastefulness and futility, and humanizes its soldier characters.

March 29, 2008 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

A war drama about waiting, and the director, Joseph Cedar, does a terrific job hanging danger and crushing tedium in the air, side by side.

March 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Despite the unremitting focus on the claustrophobia of outpost life, it's hard to ignore the by-now hoary tropes of the war movie with which Cedar litters his screenplay.

March 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

An achingly honest account of the daily fears faced by soldiers.

March 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

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.
August 30, 2009
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Randy Tippy

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[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]
January 27, 2008
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Walter M.

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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.
April 13, 2009
John Ballantine

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A very sad true story of the group of soldiers that was left to guard a mountain fort during the Lebanon war, Beaufort gives you an utter feeling of hopelessness. Its filmed with fluid motion photography which at first makes you unsure whether this is a motion picture of a documentary. The movie begins in the middle of their service as new recruits come in and others finish their terms. They all discuss why they think they are there and whether or not they feel it is worth it to risk their lives for something they didn't even start. The movie is a psychological exercise of what is right and what is wrong which I always find worth seeing.
June 18, 2009
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Lizzy Bennett

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