Lisa Schwarzbaum
November 10, 2000 AT 05:00 AM EST

Kippur

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
124 minutes
Limited Release Date
11/10/00
performer
Liron Levo, Uri Ran Klauzner, Tomer Russo
director
Amos Gitai
Producers
R&C Productions
distributor
Kino International
author
Amos Gitai, Marie-Jose Sanselme
genre
War, Drama

We gave it an B+

It’s only coincidence that Kippur is being released now. Amos Gitai’s intense, autobiographically based drama is set during Israel’s 1973 Yom Kippur War, but current Middle East tensions add urgency to this stark study in the unglorious matter of factness of battle. Gitai, whose previous film, ”Kadosh,” stacked the deck against his ultra Orthodox countrymen, gets off to a baffling start in ”Kippur”: In a discordantly arty prelude, Gitai’s handsome alter ego, Weinraub (Liron Levo), couples with his girlfriend in a prolonged session involving finger paint.

Love, though, is soon overtaken by a war in which nothing makes sense. Weinraub and his fellow conscripts get nowhere, at great risk, in unforgiving mud suitable for a Samuel Beckett play. Based on rescue missions in which Gitai himself participated, this sobering antiwar war movie is his rueful acknowledgment of those who fight with no Godot in sight.

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