The Painter and the Thief
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This occasionally-thrilling, though often-overwrought and somewhat overlong film detailing the 1995 assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, as told from the viewpoint of his killer, baffles as much as it illuminates. With the exception of a handful of scenes in which assassin Yigal Amir is discouraged by family and friends for his views and plans, his actions otherwise are more glorified than condemned, while the right-wing nature of his politics (and his reasoning for shooting Rabin) is shrilled all out of proportion, almost to the point of sheer annoyance. Filmmaker Yaron Zilberman's treatment of the material is indeed odd, even if technically well orchestrated. But, despite this technical proficiency, one can't help but wonder what exactly the director was going for here -- or why there even needed to be a picture addressing this subject in this manner at this time. Quite a puzzle, to be sure.
I am not an educated person in the inner political landscape inside Israel but it was a very interesting movie that gave me some perspective, although I am sure it had its own perspective. Really liked it!!!
Beautifully made movie. Very heavy topic.
Although it concentrated on a single person, the talented young law student who had gone extreme, leading him to assassinate Rabin, it was very well acted, esp. this central character. Intensely, it showed how this youngster went off the cliff.
Intense. Really makes the point of how Amir became radicalized and the question of what might have if he was not successful
This is one of the best movies I have seen in years!
The screenwriter and director took the time to flesh out all the characters in a way you seldom see in a film, especially in a docudrama. We all, sadly, know the outcome of the assassin's odyssey, but the film fills us in on all the missing pieces we never knew, especially as pertains to the many different people who "incited" the guy along the way and in different contexts. The film operates simultaneously on several different levels and The acting and directing are superb, and the characters are all very well fleshed-out, especially Amir's family members, which makes for excellent viewing. The film also functions as a powerful "morality tale" of the still-ongoing struggle not so much between the state of Israel and the Palestinians but rather between Israeli religious zealotry and the secular nation. This is a movie that will stay with you long after the credits have rolled.