Campfire (2004)
"Medurat Hashevet" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  9 September 2005 (USA)
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The story of one woman's personal battle for acceptance, but also a portrait of a political movement that has forever affected millions of lives in the Middle East.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michaela Eshet ...
Rachel Gerlik
Tami Gerlik
Yehoram Gaon ...
Moshe Weinstock
Avi Grainik ...
Idit Teperson ...
Shula (as Edith Teperson)
Itay Turgeman ...
Barak Lizork ...
Danny Zahavi ...
Dina Senderson ...
Ofer Seker ...


Israeli Rachel Gerlik has been widowed for one year. Despite not ever having loved her husband, she feels she now needs to move on with her life. She plans to sell his car, which has not been touched in that year. She starts dating again, solely on blind dates set up by her friend Shula Kupfer, first with the insecure Yossi Moraly and then with renowned cantor Moshe Weinstock. Most importantly in Rachel's plan is to be accepted into the founding group of a new ideologically-based West Bank settlement yet to be built, the acceptance committee chaired by Shula's husband, Motkeh Kupfer, considered one of the most important figures in religious Zionism. She has many factors working against her in being accepted, most specifically there not being a man in the household. Regardless, Rachel and her family are accepted on a trial basis. Her family consists of two teen-aged daughters, Esti and Tami, both who believe that their mother has lost touch with the realities of their lives, especially... Written by Huggo

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This movie features Mivtsa Yonatan (1977). See more »


When Rachel comes home after her meeting with the founding committee, when Tammy has locked herself in her room and Rachel is talking to Esti in the Living Room, the shots of Rachel show her with her hands cupped over the top of a soda pop bottle, but the shots of Esti (from behind Rachel) show Rachel's hands cupped on her knapsack on the table. See more »


[subtitled version]
Tami Gerlik: Why didn't you ever get married?
Yossi Moraly: I guess something's wrong with me.
Tami Gerlik: I'm serious.
Yossi Moraly: So am I. God doesn't want certain people to marry, so they won't reproduce. So he spoils something in their personality. Something little that you don't notice at first. But that something makes them stay alone.
Tami Gerlik: That doesn't make sense to me. I know some couples... I can't believe God wants them to reproduce.
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A must see for anyone interested in Religious-Zionist Israelis
6 January 2005 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

Take it from me, as one who is blood and flesh of this community, this is an extremely poignant and ACCURATE film, aside from being first-class cinema. Watching Asi Dayan as the founder of a settlement, Moshe Ivgy as a religious-Zionist loser/tragic hero and the hysterical Yehoram Gaon play an ASHKENAZI cantor was an incredible combination. Enjoy!

I think this policy of writing a minimum of ten lines is quite stupid as i am sitting at work right now and do not have the time to compose a magnum opus - this is a stupid policy that undermines intelligent people like myself who do not write long dissertations on films and know that most people do not have the patience to read such diatribes. Thank you.

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