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Lebanon (Levanon) (2010)



Critic Consensus: A powerful and personal account of war on the front line, writer-director Samuel Maoz takes the viewer inside an Israeli tank to deliver an exhausting, original film.

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The First Lebanon War - June, 1982. A lone tank is dispatched to search a hostile town that has already been bombarded by the Israeli Air Force. What seems to be a simple mission gradually spins out of control. Shmuel the gunner, Assi the commander, Herzl the loader and Yigal the driver are the tank's crew, four 20-something boys who have never fought in a war and are now operating a killing machine. Though trying to remain brave, the boys are pushed to their mental limits as they struggle to survive in a situation they cannot contain, and try not to lose their humanity in the chaos of war. Writer-director Samuel Maoz's raw and visceral film is based on his own experiences as a twenty year old novice soldier serving in the Israeli army during the 1982 Lebanon war. Using his own vivid recollections to bring us inside an Israeli tank during the first 24 hours of the invasion, Maoz restricts the film's action entirely to the tank's interior and shows us the outside world only-as the four young soldiers themselves see it-through the lens of a periscopic gun sight. The cathartic process of writing and directing LEBANON allowed Maoz to finally free himself of the events that he had experienced twenty-five years earlier.-- (C) Sony Pictures Classicsmore
Rating: R (for disturbing bloody war violence, language including sexual references, and some nudity.)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Samuel Maoz
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 18, 2011
Box Office: $0.3M
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Yoav Donat
as Shmulik
Oshri Cohen
as Hertzel
Reymond Amsallem
as Lebanese Mother
Ashraf Barhom
as Phalangist Member
Reymonde Amsellem
as Lebanese Mother
Dudu Tassa
as Syrian Captive
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Critic Reviews for Lebanon (Levanon)

All Critics (104) | Top Critics (25)

We can smell the sweat, urine and diesel fuel in Lebanon. We can taste the exhaust, the metallic tang of explosive fumes from a shell ejected from the cannon.

Full Review… | October 20, 2010
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

"Lebanon" is merely another commendable antiwar movie.

Full Review… | October 7, 2015
Critic's Notebook

Lebanon is an absolutely stunning piece of work. Both incredibly powerful and completely captivating, it's one of the best films I've ever seen.

Full Review… | November 11, 2013
We Got This Covered

Though not as explicitly focused on memory as Waltz with Bashir, Lebanon's style lends its own dredged-from-memory, expressionistic rawness.

Full Review… | July 1, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

It's amazing how much tension can be built up in such a small space.

Full Review… | September 22, 2012

Una aproximación a la traumática crueldad de un conflicto bélico narrada exclusivamente desde el interior de un tanque de guerra. La experiencia es tensa, agobiante y angustiante, casi como la guerra misma.

Full Review… | August 1, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Lebanon (Levanon)

A suffocating and complex war film shot entirely inside a tank to depict the personal impact of a conflict and centered on four Israeli soldiers within the vehicle moving across an invaded land, isolated from the chaos outside but seeing everything through the gun-sight.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Lebanon is a rehashed addition to the 'War is Hell' genre. It offers nothing new and fails to engage as a large proportion of its audience will be muttering 'I've seen it all before' to themselves.

Jack Hawkins
Jack Hawkins

Super Reviewer

'Lebanon'. A gritty and visceral look at the war in the 1980s, geniusely directed purely from the viewpoint of a group of soldiers inside one tank, with their scope / viewfinder being the only link to the outside world.


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