Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Beaufort (Joseph Cedar, 2007)


In May 2000 Israel was forced to evacuate its mountaintop fortress in Southern Lebanon and, if you were to believe Israel's official Academy Award submission for the year, the soldiers that still remained were exclusively the most photogenic men in the country.

Like all credible anti-war filmmakers, Joseph Cedar avoids pointing fingers and taking sides and focuses instead on the frail, weary humanity of his soldiers. The script he has co-written with Ron Leshem and adapted from his own novel is moderately sober, all them pretty men in the cast are solid performers and the sets - which, for obvious reasons, had to be custom-built - are detailed and scream big budget. And therein lies the problem. The grit feels manufactured. The picture is glazed in a Hollywood sheen that is polished, eminently exportable and ideally suited to a video clip. But when it comes to earnest drama, it only serves to take away from the immediacy.

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At 11:37 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I couldn't disagree more. I think "Beaufort" is a well constructed, intimate and powerful film that balances all political sides with the moral answer that is - no life is worth risking for undue death.

I agree with this review:


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