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Kippur -- During the Yom Kippur War, in which Egypt and Syria launched attacks in Sinai and the Golan Heights, we are led by Weinraub and Ruso on a day that begins with quiet city streets, but ends with death, destruction and devastation.
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Release Date:
13 September 2000 (France) See more »
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The film takes place in 1973 during the Yom Kippur War in which Egypt and Syria launched attacks in Sinai and the Golan Heights... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Liron Levo ... Weinraub
Tomer Russo ... Ruso
Uri Klauzner ... Klausner (as Uri Ran-Klausner)
Yoram Hattab ... The Pilot

Guy Amir ... Gadassi
Juliano Mer-Khamis ... The Captain (as Juliano Mer)
Ran Kauchinsky ... Shlomo
Kobi Livne ... Kobi
Liat Glick ... Dina (as Liat Glick Levo)
Pini Mittleman ... Hospital Doctor
Meital Barda
Gidi Gov

Directed by
Amos Gitai 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Amos Gitai 
Marie-Jose Sanselme 

Produced by
Amos Gitai .... producer
Michel Propper .... producer
Laurent Truchot .... producer
Original Music by
Jan Garbarek 
Cinematography by
Renato Berta 
Film Editing by
Monica Coleman 
Casting by
Ilan Moscovitch 
Production Design by
Miguel Markin 
Art Direction by
Miguel Markin 
Costume Design by
Laura Dinolesko  (as Laura Dinulesco)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Shai Gani .... second assistant director (as Shay Gani)
Alona Lichter .... third assistant director
Haim Rinski .... first assistant director
Ziv Rubinstein .... second assistant director: second unit
Art Department
Amiram Lichter .... constructor
Ilan Moscovitch .... artistic advisor
Sound Department
Philippe Amouroux .... sound re-recording mixer
Alex Claude .... sound designer
François Fayard .... sound assistant
François Fayard .... sound editor
Cyril Holtz .... sound re-recording mixer
François Lepeuple .... foley artist
Eli Yarkoni .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Jeremy Lovett .... senior technician
Camera and Electrical Department
Gal Altschuler .... assistant grip
Adi Borkin .... lighting technician
Philippe Cadeau .... gaffer (as Philip Cadeau)
Nickol De-Castro .... still photographer
Ofer Dori .... electrician
Noam Eisenberg .... key grip
Berdougo Michael .... gaffer
Yehuda Sar-Israel .... second assistant camera
Moshe Shabbat .... best boy grip
Floris Sybesma .... Steadicam operator
Jean-Paul Toraille .... focus puller
Choresh Wald .... grip
Gaby Weismann .... focus puller: second camera
Editorial Department
Pasquale Cuzzupoli .... color supervisor
Pasquale Cuzzupoli .... color timer
Other crew
Sari Turgeman .... script supervisor

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Canada:117 min | France:124 min | Argentina:125 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Brazil:12 | France:U | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud)

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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 »
Anachronisms: One of the wounded soldiers is wearing a Casio digital watch. The film is set in 1973 but these watches were not made until the early 1980s.See more »
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
"Every minute of silence is a great treasure to me...", 20 February 2005
Author: XisLove03 ( from United States

Kippur (2000) Directed by Amos Gitai Starring: Liron Levo, Tomer Russo, Uri Klausner, Yoram Hattab, and Guy Amir ***1/2 out of 5 stars

Forgive me if I see the good in everything, but I believe that this Israel film, which features excruciatingly long takes and little dialogue, DOES have some deep significance. However, the long takes ARE draining, yet when you realize the purpose, it all seems to make sense.

Based on Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai's personal experiences in the Yom Kippur war in 1973, in which Egyptian and Syrian forces attacked Israel on their holy day of Yom Kippur, "Kippur" follows a search and rescue team of four people as they travel by helicopter to different war-torn areas to find as many people alive as possible and bring them to some sort of safety and medical treatment. The film begins with two characters, Ruso (Yes, Russo) and Weinraub (Levo), who find themselves abruptly trying to get into a war. One of the characters (Ruso, I believe) is eager to get to the battlefront, proclaiming that a war has finally reached their generation and that "it is ours!". You must understand that Israel has been going through a war at least once, if not twice a decade. So, war, to the naive, inexperience individual, seems like a rite of passage.

Ruso and Weinraub, after awkwardly entering the front lines and being told to go back as shells are heard closeby, stop on the side and meet up with Gadassi (Amir), a medical officer trying to find a ride to the mission briefing. When they finally get to the battlefield to start the search and rescue, you soon find out that the film is about the death, detachment, and irrationality of war. What began as a rite of passage for the characters ended up being a strange, tortured nightmare. They go from area to area finding amputees and dead soldiers, usually unable to help all and having to leave much of the bodies on the battlefield. One torturous take follows the four characters as they try to help a soldier, who is hurt and obviously alive, out of a big field of mud. As they fall and slip, the soldier's body is thrown around, unintentionally carelessly. The frustration takes over one of the soldiers helping him as he breaks down in the middle of the mud and the doctor is going back and forth trying to calm the panicking soldier and help the injured one. When they finally make it to some other officers waiting for them to take the soldier away, he is already dead and the helplessness on the soldier's muddy faces says it all.

This film can be and will be very draining for most viewers. The long takes and the often far away framing distances ourselves from the action and you should soon learn to explore and examine what Gitai is trying to convey through the characters' stories. The film DOES build up to a briefly explosive climax, which poetically brings everything full circle for the soldiers. "Kippur" is a difficult film appropriate for its difficult subject. It is also daring, unwavering in its message, and, most importantly, truthful to the nonsense that war really is.

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