A few Palestinian guerilla's break into an Israeli camp in the occupied territories. They kill a few Israeli soldiers before they are killed, apart from one who dies in the camp after being... See full summary »
A few Palestinian guerilla's break into an Israeli camp in the occupied territories. They kill a few Israeli soldiers before they are killed, apart from one who dies in the camp after being captured alive. The Israeli military despatch an investigator to the camp to see if there was cold blooded murder (people at the camp had claimed he was shot while trying to escape). It turns out that the investigator despatched is a friend of the camp commander - the rest of the plot is basically about the position of both of these characters as regards being honest or faithful to ones friends. There is unbearable tension, increased by the fact that they are both very strongly attracted to one of the female soldiers on the camp. Written by
The Barabash brothers, were famous from their very beginnings as the duo who set out to analyze and expose Israeli men as they are. With all their macho bravado and actual frailties. They were never better than in this superb film. They got the perfect combination of a story that does feel real - in the Israeli reality, much more than in a foreign army as one of the previous reviewers of this movie has pointed out. In-fact even more likely than its being explained in that review. The way mandatory army service works in Israel, the idea is more than possible. Peaple that were together in basic training could meet again in their continued service, especially so if they continue their service beyond the regular three years. And some would often expect that having known each other previously would carry some favors for them if and when they do meet again.
I won't be telling you here how the story develops - spoilers are not my thing but I want to mention one thing that the other reviewers didn't mention - this movie demonstrates a great understanding of the visual aspects of cinema. It speaks the "language" of cinema fluently and with precision rarely seen in Israeli films, while maintaining a feeling of being true. Beyond the Walls, the film that made the Barabash bros. famous, was a well constructed fable about the Israeli situation. Ehad Mishelanu (One of us, or more precisely One of our own) surpasses the limitation of a simple fable, while still having a lot to say about the way things are in Israel. The actors all do their share the camera is perfect. For me that's the bench mark against which Israeli films should be judged.
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