Israel: A Home Movie (2013)


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Israel goes from a young, optimistic, albeit naive nation, to one in which the realities of middle-age (and worse) settle in. There is a description of "shell-shock"; a young soldier who declares "God bless morphine"; images of a relative "killed in a terrorist attack at about age 30"; the demolition of a minaret and discussion of whether it was a holy site; David Ben-Gurion visiting transit camps in 1956, and glimpses throughout of Ariel Sharon, Moshe Dayan, and Anwar Sadat. Perhaps nowhere in the world could home movies so intimately reflect the changing political face of a nation. As early as the late 1970s, one feels that tragedy has become the norm, that life inevitably leads to death and that - in Israel as we have known it - peace inevitably leads to war. (c) Alma Films


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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.

Oct 9, 2013 | Full Review…

This haunting cinematic collage puts a human face on the country's strife-wracked history.

Oct 9, 2013 | Full Review…

Ultimately, this film reveals the Israeli self-image, but not much more.

Jul 11, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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.

Jul 10, 2013 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

The images and voices are a mix of the curious, the compassionate, the condescending and worse.

Jul 10, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Filling in the gaps about the who, what and where, much less the why, of it all isn't on the menu.

Jul 10, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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