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Lebanon (Levanone)

Rated R 94 min. 2010

Samuel Maoz's film represents not only the second Israeli film of the last year to tackle the 1982 war against Lebanon, but the second experimental film to do so, coming after last year's Waltz With Bashir, Ari Folman's far more expansive animated documentary about that war. In Maoz's film, we spend a couple of excruciating days inside a tank with four young men, in an effort by Maoz to re-create the war from the point of view of tank operators. This means that, aside from establishing shots at the beginning and end, the entire film is set inside the tank. While Maoz's images are often shocking, the film's conceit—the one-way gaze through the tank's scope—is also a liability. If war is hell for Israeli soldiers as they lay waste to a country, what is it like for the people who live there?

Film Credits

Official Site: www.ctvint.fr/pages/fiche.asp?id=3586

Director: Maoz Shmulik and Samuel Maoz

Writer: Maoz Shmulik

Producer: Anat Bikel, Leon Edery and Moshe Edery

Cast: Oshri Cohen, Michael Moshonov, Zohar Strauss, Reymond Amsalem, Itay Tiran, Yoav Donat and Dudua Tasas

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