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Rebellious and outgoing Smadar can't stand types like Mirit. Mirit, introverted and frightened, keeps away from the likes of Smadar. But the two are thrown together as they are assigned to a patrol in Jerusalem as part of their compulsory military service. Their job is to stop Palestinian passersby, to ask for their identity cards, and to write down their details on special forms. You don't move from this place, don't sit down, don't smoke, don't eat, don't talk on your cell phones, says their commander, leaving them alone on the street with their patrol forms. What will they do now? This is the story of two 18-year-old girls who are busy with their own worlds--falling in love, break-ups, and the volatile relationship between the two--in an attempt to ignore the political reality in a city that slowly makes its way into their lives. As women, this film is our own way of soul searching, about our army service and the occupation Written by
Vidi Bilu and Dalia Hager
Or Close to Home as the international title goes is a film that tells the story of two young girls in the Israelian army. Their job: checking the identities of people on the street. One somewhat wild, really not wanting the job. One introverted and more eager to do her tasks. So far the setting of this film.
As a film this one works out rather well. The constant grim presence of danger ((suicide) terrorism) is clearly radiating from every scene. The two play convincingly enough to make the roles come alive and even though the pace of the film is rather low it stays interesting all the way through. There's always something going on, how small and insignificant it may be.
Visual effects used are down to Earth and with that a really good match with the general setting of the film. Choice of music has been done equally well and that makes for a very well worked out combination.
All in all a very enjoyable watch, if a little depressing.
8 out of 10 bored soldiers
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