Beaufort

Critics Consensus

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

85%

TOMATOMETER

Total Count: 53

72%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 2,806
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Not far from the old seafarer's fortress, Beaufort, is a military base with the same name kept by the Israeli army. This heavily guarded post has been here since the war in Lebanon in 1982. It is a symbol not only of Israel's most controversial campaign for military control of Lebanon, but also of a sacrificial struggle during which many soldiers lost their lives. The Israeli troops move out of Lebanon, leaving behind their base at Beaufort. On the evening of May 24th, the base is destroyed, blown up by thousands of mines. The powerful explosion marks the end of 18 years of Israeli occupation. The film tells the story of Liraz Liberti, the 22-year-old commander of Beaufort, and his troops during the last few months prior to their withdrawal. The story does not center on the war but on their retreat. The base is still under enemy fire as Liraz prepares to explode the site, thus destroying everything that his friends and comrades have died for trying to defend.

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Critic Reviews for Beaufort

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (22)

  • The soldiers feel stuck and so do we.

    Nov 24, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Clearly something has gone MIA in moving from the small pictures into a cohesive big one.

    Sep 1, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 22, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • [A] blistering antiwar film.

    Aug 22, 2008 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • 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…

Audience Reviews for Beaufort

  • Nov 11, 2009
    <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/beaufort-12525662"><img src="http://content8.flixster.com/photo/12/52/56/12525662_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:278px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/beaufort-12525741"><img src="http://content7.flixster.com/photo/12/52/57/12525741_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/beaufort-12525687"><img src="http://content9.flixster.com/photo/12/52/56/12525687_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> <div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/beaufort-12525672"><img src="http://content6.flixster.com/photo/12/52/56/12525672_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a></div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/beaufort-12525693"><img src="http://content7.flixster.com/photo/12/52/56/12525693_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a></div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/beaufort-12525668"><img src="http://content6.flixster.com/photo/12/52/56/12525668_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/beaufort-12525673"><img src="http://content7.flixster.com/photo/12/52/56/12525673_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a><I>Beaufort</I></div></div> <I>Beaufort</I> (2007) WRITTEN BY: Joseph Cedar and Ron Lesham based on the novel by Ron Leshem DIRECTED BY: Joseph Cedar FEATURING: Alon Abutbul, Alon Ben David, Daniel Brook, Oshri Cohen, Eli Eltonyo, Gal Friedman GENRE: WEIRD WAR TAGS: GRIM PLOT: Israeli soldiers occupying a medieval era fortress in southern Lebanon endure constant shelling and T.O.W. missile attacks while they await an evacuation order that never comes. Some kind of structure at the site of Beaufort Castle may date back to Roman times, but not a lot is known about it. The location of the current structure, or rather its remains, is at the crest of a 2100 foot hill with a commanding view of the surrounding area, It includes southern Lebanon and northern Israel. Beaufort was captured by the Crusaders in 1139. From 1976 to 1982, the PLO used it as a base for rocket attacks on Israel. In 1982, the Israelis captured it and remained there until 2000. <I>Beaufort</I> is a fictitious account of the final weeks of Israeli occupation. The film begins with a bomb expert being choppered in under mortar fire. His task is to seize and defuse a new type of I.E.D. found placed on the access road. Instead of destroying it, the Israelis want to capture it and find out how it works. Of course it blows him up. With this cheery beginning, the film launches into its study of the irony of holding a fortified position: long stretches of mind numbing, bleak boredom interspersed with sudden moments of sheer terror. The cynical occupation force is demoralized. They have been there too long, and the occupation has become a stalemate. All they can do is prevent the enemy from using the position against them. There is no way to win within the situation in which they find themselves. Living in Spartan conditions, the soldiers endure continual mortar attacks and harassing fire. Each man is counting the hours that he must serve there, maintaining his sanity by dreaming of the personal plans he will pursue upon his release from the IDF. There is some vague prospect that the army may soon receive permission to evacuate the dreary stronghold. Any morale that exists is broken when the enemy acquires T.O.W missiles and turns one of the parapets and the soldier manning it into dust. The T.O.W. is capable of penetrating the thick concrete barriers that had heretofore offered semi-adequate protection. Now the men all feel like sitting ducks, and the elusive evacuation order becomes of utmost importance to them. They wait and wait, and while they wait, rumors circulate that the fort wasn't supposed to have been captured in the first place. Allegedly the commander in charge of the 1982 assault had been ordered to pull back, but proceeded and managed to take the position anyway, dooming soldiers for years to come to be assigned to the boring and very hazardous duty of guarding it under continual attack from incoming ordinance. The IDF is perpetually whittled down and replenished. The soldiers spend all of their time keeping their heads down and dodging shrapnel. Detached, iconoclastic crew chiefs sit in a CCTV command center deep within the fortress, droning out verbal alerts every time rocket or mortar flashes are detected, and confirmations when the projectiles strike the encampment. PA speakers drone on, "Incoming, Incoming," and then "Impact, Impact." in an ever present monotone. The announcements and attacks reverberate throughout the compound with tedious regularity. Then the much anticipated order to evacuate finally comes . . . <B>But is it for <I>real</I>?</B> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/beaufort-12525691"><img src="http://content9.flixster.com/photo/12/52/56/12525691_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/beaufort-12525689"><img src="http://content7.flixster.com/photo/12/52/56/12525689_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/beaufort-12525682"><img src="http://content8.flixster.com/photo/12/52/56/12525682_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/beaufort-12525769"><img src="http://content7.flixster.com/photo/12/52/57/12525769_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/beaufort-12525660"><img src="http://content6.flixster.com/photo/12/52/56/12525660_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/beaufort-12525654"><img src="http://content8.flixster.com/photo/12/52/56/12525654_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a></div></div> <div style="width:120px;font-size:10px;text-align:center;"></div><a href="http://www.flixster.com/videos?videoId=11071938"><img src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/Cyl2JEFkxmo/2.jpg" border="0" /></a><div style="font-size:10px;width:120px;text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"><I>Beaufort</I></a> - CLIP</div>
    Pamela D Super Reviewer
  • Oct 20, 2009
    I couldnt get into this movie at all & eventually I just turned it off
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 14, 2009
    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.
    Randy T Super Reviewer
  • Sep 04, 2008
    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.
    John B Super Reviewer

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