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Beaufort [DVD] [2008] [Multilingual] [Region 1]

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Lebanon War veteran Joseph Cedar (CAMPFIRE) directs a harrowing, often haunting account of Israel's 2000 withdrawal from Lebanon and the Beaufort ("Good Fort") mountain fortress. Built by Crusaders in the 12th century, the fort was captured by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in 1982 at the start of the Lebanon War. Eighteen years later, increasing criticism at home and abroad has led to Israel's decision to withdraw completely from Lebanon. Charged with managing the fort's defense and its evacuation is 22-year-old commander Liraz Liberti (Oshri Cohen). Eager to lead but emotionally untested, Liraz must maintain his bare-bones troop's discipline between bouts of claustrophobic tedium and increasing harassment by Hezbollah mortar attacks. That tenuous balance threatens to unravel with the arrival of bomb-disposal specialist Ziv (Ohad Knoller), as well as an unexpectedly sophisticated Hezbollah strike that reveals the limits of Liraz's abilities. Director Cedar and co-screenwriter Ron Leshem (on whose novel the film is based) eschew political statements and side-taking to instead examine the complexities of individuals bound by duty to a seemingly lost cause. Affectingly acted and directed, BEAUFORT--winner of the Silver Bear at the 2007 Berlin Film Festival--acknowledges the futility of war without ever surrendering its humanity or sense of hope. The film also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 5742

  • Credits
    Oshri Cohen, Itay Tiran, Eli Eltonyo, Itay Turgeman, Ohad Knoller
  • Critic Reviews
    "BEAUFORT has an earnest, sober intelligence that makes it hard to shake."
    New York Times

    "[A] movie of tremendous power -- nerve-racking, astute, and neutral enough to apply to all soldiers, in all wars, everywhere." -- Grade: A
    Entertainment Weekly

    "Powerfully directed by Joseph Cedar, this is a war movie about a retreat, not a victory, a film so realistic, so intense, it verges on the surreal."
    Los Angeles Times

    3 stars out of 5 -- "Cedar successfully conveys the boredom, fear and claustrophobia experienced by his conscript characters."
    Total Film

    "The first section of the film is the most striking and unusual....[With] an eerie claustrophobia more reminiscent of sci-fi than a war film..."
    Sight and Sound

    3 stars out of 5 -- "Considering, with equal pathos, the same concepts of duty and humanity as Letters From Iwo Jima, the picture makes excellent use of its location..."

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