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Aside from a pretty impressive final battle, there's little to engage here, although all that waiting around does mean there's time to nicely flesh out the characters, while the action scenes are well handled.
Cedar's film traffics in the mad illogic of battles whose long-forgotten purpose has hardened into mindless routine. But this hushed, atmospheric mood piece, intricately scripted by Cedar and novelist Ron Leshem, is no action picture.
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.
Cedar... prefers to let his expansive set and hard-boiled characters tell the story from a ground level rather than implying a commentary... It's as if a weight were lifted, and the 132-minute film moves like a breeze.
Beaufort is a psychological war film that's trying to answer the question of why we fight. A "stranger in a strange land" sense makes the participants less connected and further strips their human element.