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Israel: A Home Movie

Israel: A Home Movie (2013)



Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 6
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Israel goes from a young, optimistic, albeit naive nation, to one in which the realities of middle-age (and worse) settle in. There is a description of "shell-shock"; a young soldier who declares "God bless morphine"; images of a relative "killed in a terrorist attack at about age 30"; the demolition of a minaret and discussion of whether it was a holy site; David Ben-Gurion visiting transit camps in 1956, and glimpses throughout of Ariel Sharon, Moshe Dayan, and Anwar Sadat. Perhaps nowhere in

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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (5)

Some titles embrace us. They seem to have been waiting, affectionately quintessential -- the heart of the matter. Such is Israel: A Home Movie.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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This haunting cinematic collage puts a human face on the country's strife-wracked history.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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Ultimately, this film reveals the Israeli self-image, but not much more.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
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The images and voices are a mix of the curious, the compassionate, the condescending and worse.

July 10, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Filling in the gaps about the who, what and where, much less the why, of it all isn't on the menu.

July 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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The stakes are higher, but the premise is more or less the same as when grandpa whips out the projector.

July 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Israel captured through the eyes of ordinary citizens as a vulnerable refuge where tragedy has become the norm, and where peace invariably leads back to war.

July 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Sly Fox
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Counters myths and official views, [with] the unusually frank look at the changing perceptions of the indigenous Palestinian population, before and after independence.

July 13, 2013 Full Review Source:

There's a matter-of-factness to Israel: A Home Movie that's disquieting, as it shows the joy and determination of a nation in the making, and the dismayed faces of those elbowed aside.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

The footage often speaks for itself; at times, it seems like Israel would work better as a silent film, allowing the home movies to serve their original function without commentary.

July 10, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club

The chaotic and hopeful history of a young nation is idiosyncratically told through this kaleidoscopic barrage of home-movie footage that ranges from the kitchen to the battlefield.

July 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A prismatic meditation on an entire nation, Eliav Lilti's documentary is history as abstraction.

July 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Soft-core Zionist propaganda in the vein of "Waltz for Bashir" or "The Gatekeepers".

June 28, 2013 Full Review Source:

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