Oshri Cohen, Itay Tiran, Eli Eltonyo, Ohad Knoller, Itay Turgeman, Arthur Faradjev, Itai Szor / Fiction / Hebrew
Powerful, award-winning Israeli war drama, based on Ron Leshem's novel.
Beaufort takes its name from the Israeli Defence Force outpost set up in South Lebanon when the army invaded in 1982. A squad of IDF soldiers, under the steely command of 22-year-old Liraz, are awaiting their orders to leave, part of the general withdrawal of Israeli troops from Lebanon in 2000. Eschewing direct political commentary, Joseph Cedar's film is an intense, superbly nuanced chamber piece that captures the unbearable tension - and sustaining comradeship - experienced by young men in a combat zone. The shelling, when it comes, is brutally authentic; but the main focus here is on the relationships between the beleaguered soldiers, played with a touching mix of beefy physicality and emotional fragility by a fine all-male cast.
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