Lisa Schwarzbaum
January 16, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

Beaufort

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
132 minutes
Limited Release Date
01/18/08
performer
Oshri Cohen, Itay Tiran
director
Joseph Cedar
distributor
Kino International
author
Joseph Cedar, Ron Leshem
genre
Drama

We gave it an A

It is the year 2000, Israeli forces are preparing to withdraw from Lebanon after 18 years of occupation, and in the final days, a handful of Israeli soldiers await evacuation from the southern Lebanese crusader fort, called Beaufort, where they’ve been stationed. And wait. And wait, like characters out of a Samuel Beckett play. Adapting his spare, intense, award-winning film from the novel by Israeli TV programmer Ron Leshem, Joseph Cedar has created a movie of tremendous power — nerve-racking, astute, and neutral enough to apply to all soldiers, in all wars, everywhere. A

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