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Some titles embrace us. They seem to have been waiting, affectionately quintessential -- the heart of the matter. Such is Israel: A Home Movie.
This haunting cinematic collage puts a human face on the country's strife-wracked history.
Ultimately, this film reveals the Israeli self-image, but not much more.
The footage often speaks for itself; at times, it seems like Israel would work better as a silent film, allowing the home movies to serve their original function without commentary.
The images and voices are a mix of the curious, the compassionate, the condescending and worse.
Filling in the gaps about the who, what and where, much less the why, of it all isn't on the menu.
From a purely aesthetic point of view, Israel: A Home Movie is a cinematic essay.
Israel captured through the eyes of ordinary citizens as a vulnerable refuge where tragedy has become the norm, and where peace invariably leads back to war.
Counters myths and official views, [with] the unusually frank look at the changing perceptions of the indigenous Palestinian population, before and after independence.
There's a matter-of-factness to Israel: A Home Movie that's disquieting, as it shows the joy and determination of a nation in the making, and the dismayed faces of those elbowed aside.
The chaotic and hopeful history of a young nation is idiosyncratically told through this kaleidoscopic barrage of home-movie footage that ranges from the kitchen to the battlefield.
A prismatic meditation on an entire nation, Eliav Lilti's documentary is history as abstraction.
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