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Critic Reviews for Kippur
A patience-trying docudrama almost completely devoid of any trace of narrative structure or even defined characters.
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.
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.
The relentless attention to the sheer awfulness of war, which is the film's great strength, is also something of a shortcoming.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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