Campfire (2004)




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Movie Info

A woman seeking to embrace both her faith and her culture finds that neither is as simple as she imagined in this drama from Israel. It's 1981, and Rachel (Michaela Eshet) has become a single mother of two teenage girls after the unexpected death of her husband. Looking for a new identity as she starts her life again, Rachael decides to pull up roots and leave Jerusalem for a new settlement on the West Bank. Rachel's daughters have become acclimated to city life and are unenthusiastic about … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Joseph Cedar
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 8, 2006



as Rachel Gerlik

as Tami Gerlik

as Yossi

as Esti

as Motkeh

as Moshe Weinstock
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Critic Reviews for Campfire

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (14)

It's a story about sexism and inequalities, and were it not for its hokey ending, the film would've gained even more international recognition.

Full Review… | September 23, 2005
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Israeli films in general constitute dissenting voices against the established order by championing individual aspirations. Still, Mr. Cedar's own background makes him an unusual candidate for the role of dissenter.

September 15, 2005
New York Observer
Top Critic

Beyond casting a jaundiced eye at the community's oppressive communalism, Campfire neither endorses nor opposes the settler movement that since 1981 has become an incendiary issue in Israel.

Full Review… | September 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

A humane portrait of a troubled household and, by extension, a troubled country.

Full Review… | September 9, 2005
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

A good movie that could have been better, Joseph Cedar's sensitive Israeli drama falters when he trades sociological observations for political ones.

Full Review… | September 9, 2005
New York Daily News
Top Critic

The timelier elements of Campfire, which cleared house at Israel's Academy Awards this year, are too salient to dismiss.

Full Review… | September 6, 2005
Village Voice
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Campfire


A true gem that is not easily found. If you do come across it, give it a play. An honest and chilling depiction of life in Israeli settlement communities.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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