Foxtrot

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Certificate: 15
Length: 113 mins
Director: Samuel Maoz
Cast: Lior Ashkenazi, Sarah Adler, Yonathon Shiray
Language: Hebrew with English subtitles

 

Filmmaker Samuel Maoz (Lebanon) conjures up an intelligent dark comedy with Foxtrot, which inspects the bitter absurdities of war and the impact it has on the people involved.

A desolate military checkpoint is manned by four young soldiers who all try to burn away the hours of boredom that occur between cars arriving for inspection and, every now and then, a lone camel walking by.

Meanwhile at home, the parents of one of the boys are devastated by the news of his supposed sudden death, though the circumstances surrounding this take several unexpected twists.

One of the most celebrated films on the international festival circuit, this is a bold vision of warfare that repels cliche and asks us to look more deeply.

A formally gorgeous piece of work, the kind of film that exudes confidence in structure and tone, and it contains some of the most striking, memorable imagery of the year” ★★★1/2 – Rogerebert.com

Samuel Moaz’s Israeli drama about life, war and grief is a deeply resonant achievement that takes a piece out of you” ★★★1/2 – Rolling Stone

Bold modernist cinema at its most harrowing” – Hollywood Reporter