Kippur (2000)

Kippur (2000)



Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Kippur Photos

Movie Info

Filmmaker Amos Gitai was a first-hand witness to the 1973 Yom Kippur War, in which troops from Egypt and Syria chose one of the holiest days of the Jewish calendar to launch a surprise attack on Israel. This film examines the short but bloody conflict through the eyes of a student, Weinraub (Liron Levo). Weinraub and his friend Russo (Tomer Russo) have been instructed to join a special military unit on the Golan Heights shortly after the fighting begins, but in the confusion they are instead thrown in with an emergency medical team led by Dr. Klauzner (Uri Ran Klauzner). Weinraub and Ruso help Klauzner and his men rescue the wounded, and they find themselves in as much danger as the soldiers on the front line, as the fighting rages on around them and their helicopter is hit by enemy fire. Meanwhile, on the ground another doctor (Pini Mittleman) tries to preserve an oasis of calm and medical discipline in the midst of war. Kippur was shown in competition at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:

Watch it now


Uri Ran Klauzner
as Dr. Klauzner
Show More Cast

Critic Reviews for Kippur

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (6)

A patience-trying docudrama almost completely devoid of any trace of narrative structure or even defined characters.

May 12, 2001
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

A classic war film, at once elegiac and immediate, that takes you smack into the chaos of combat yet is marked by a detached perspective.

Full Review… | February 7, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Gitai plunges the viewer into the reality of modern warfare, in which the enemy is often invisible -- we never see the Syrians in Kippur -- and battle lines are often unclear.

Full Review… | February 7, 2001
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The relentless attention to the sheer awfulness of war, which is the film's great strength, is also something of a shortcoming.

February 7, 2001
New York Times
Top Critic

A powerful film both intimate and epic, Kippur far exceeded my expectations. While I found his last film, Kadosh, to be overly melodramatic and drawn out, the mix of humour and horror in this film work well to create an extremely effective movie.

Full Review… | June 21, 2007
Film Scouts

A near-masterpiece.

Full Review… | May 17, 2004
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for Kippur

Amos Gitai's fictional examination of the Yom Kippur War of 1973 is presented without pretense or embellishment. Like the conflict that inspired it, Kippur is muddy, bloody and disorienting. A fitting commentary on man's perpetual failure to coexist.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


A brutally realistic, although not overly graphic, portrayal of war as experienced by those under fire -- in this case, Israeli soldiers under attack from Syria in Northern Israel on Yom Kippur, 1973. Surprisingly low-key and at times almost absurdly comic (along the lines of Catch-22, but not really trying to be funny), the film juxtaposes the idealism of self-defense against the tragic waste and idiocy of violence amidst chaos. A quiet classic.

Seth Rogovoy
Seth Rogovoy

Ignore the usual comments regards to the flow of the film.It's sheer film-making at it's most possible and at it's most believable.The Israeli Platoon,too much dreadfulness and a few comrades who do the job.Is that all?Gitai locates the gene of good/evil inside the petrified eyes of his protagonists amidst trenches and bombings,where the opening and closing scene are the sole moments of self-relief and future hope.

Dimitris Springer
Dimitris Springer

Super Reviewer

Kippur Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss Kippur on our Movie forum!

News & Features