The film takes place in 1973 during the Yom Kippur War in which Egypt and Syria launched attacks in Sinai and the Golan Heights. The story is told from the perspective of Israeli soldiers. We are led by Weinraub and his friend Ruso on a day that begins with quiet city streets, but ends with death, destruction and devastation of both body and mind. Various scenes are awash in the surreal, as Weinraub's head hangs out over a rescue helicopter's open door, watching with tranquil desperation as the earth passes beneath, the overpowering whir of the blades creating a hypnotic state. It is not a traditional blood, guts and glory film. There are no men in battle, only the rescue crew trying to pick up the broken pieces. Written by
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Bloody, Vivid... Unvarnished.
13 September 2000 (France)
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Opening Weekend: $17,007
(3 November 2000)
(26 January 2001)
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?
The film is based on director Amos Gitai
's own experience of joining a helicopter rescue crew during the war of Kippur, and his helicopter being shot down by a Syrian missile on his 23rd birthday. See more
Numerous times we see Israeli Merkava tanks on the battlefield (with their distinctive wedge-like turrets) which would not be introduced until the late 1970s. See more