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Campfire (2004)

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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 their mother's decision, but that doesn't change her mind. However, Rachel's neighbors soon make their own feelings felt; they obviously aren't happy with the prospect of a single mother living in their community, and she soon finds herself subjected with any number of matchmaking opportunities from fiftysomething men. More seriously, daughters Esti (Maya Maron) and Tami (Hani Furstenberg) don't feel safe or accepted in their new environment, especially Tami, who has a traumatic experience while on a camping trip with a Zionist youth organization. Campfire was the winner five Israeli Academy Awards in 2005, including Best Picture.

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Cast

Michaela Eshet
as Rachel Gerlik
Hani Furstenberg
as Tami Gerlik
Assi Dayan
as Motkeh
Yehoram Gaon
as Moshe Weinstock
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Critic Reviews for Campfire

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (9)

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.

September 23, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Miami Herald
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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
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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.

September 9, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
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A humane portrait of a troubled household and, by extension, a troubled country.

September 9, 2005 | Rating: 3/4
Newark Star-Ledger
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A good movie that could have been better, Joseph Cedar's sensitive Israeli drama falters when he trades sociological observations for political ones.

September 9, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
New York Daily News
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The timelier elements of Campfire, which cleared house at Israel's Academy Awards this year, are too salient to dismiss.

September 6, 2005 | Full Review…
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for Campfire

½

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
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