10 user 38 critic

Close to Home (2005)

Karov La Bayit (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 16 March 2006 (Israel)
1:33 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

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 ... See full summary »


(as 'Vidi' Vardit Bilu),


(as 'Vidi' Vardit Bilu),
2 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | Animation | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict.

Director: Ari Folman
Stars: Ari Folman, Ron Ben-Yishai, Ronny Dayag
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A unit of female Israeli soldiers at a remote desert base bide their time as they count down the minutes until they can return to civilian life.

Director: Talya Lavie
Stars: Dana Ivgy, Nelly Tagar, Shani Klein
Adventure | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The Egyptian Prince, Moses, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The new math teacher and new school principal discover the 16-year-old underachiever failing classes is really a genius, and the kid's own family's too busy relying on him to mend family fences to notice his brilliance either.

Director: Shemi Zarhin
Stars: Oshri Cohen, Arieh Elias, Esti Zakheim
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Simple people struggle through extraordinary circumstances. Sometimes the only answer to any problem is 'The world is funny so we have to laugh.'

Director: Shemi Zarhin
Stars: Assi Levy, Eli Finish, Danny Steg
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In Jerusalem, a bullied teen befriends his grandfather and long lost uncle and soon they decide to solve their financial problems by robbing a bank.

Director: Reshef Levi
Stars: Sasson Gabai, Moni Moshonov, Patrick Stewart
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

After spending years in California, Amir returns to his homeland in Afghanistan to help his old friend Hassan, whose son is in trouble.

Director: Marc Forster
Stars: Khalid Abdalla, Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada, Atossa Leoni
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Aviva, a hard-working hotel cook in the northern Israeli town of Tiberias, is on the brink of finally fulfilling her lifelong dream. For years she kept her remarkable writing abilities ... See full summary »

Director: Shemi Zarhin
Stars: Assi Levy, Rotem Abuhab, Levana Finkelstein
Noodle (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

At thirty-seven, Miri is a twice-widowed, El Al flight attendant. Her well-regulated existence is suddenly turned upside down by an abandoned Chinese boy whose migrant-worker mother has ... See full summary »

Director: Ayelet Menahemi
Stars: Mili Avital, BaoQi Chen, Alon Aboutboul
Beaufort (2007)
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The story of a group of Israeli soldiers stationed in an outpost prior to the withdrawal of forces of 2000.

Director: Joseph Cedar
Stars: Alon Aboutboul, Adi Adouan, Yaakov Ahimeir
The Flood (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Everything is complicated in Yoni's life. He's almost 13, real gifted, but physically undeveloped and struggles daily to grow up before his threatening up-coming Bar Mitzva; He sells ... See full summary »

Director: Guy Nattiv
Stars: Yoav Rotman, Michael Moshonov, Ronit Elkabetz
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Follows three siblings who are going to discover the greatest secret of their late mother. This trip is going to change their lives.

Director: Shemi Zarhin
Stars: Rotem Zissman-Cohen, Roy Assaf, Magi Azarzar


Cast overview, first billed only:
Smadar Sayar ...
Naama Schendar ...
Katia Zinbris ...
Mirit's Mother (as Katia Zimbris)
Mirit's Father
Irit Suki ...
Captain Dubek
Ilanit Ben-Yaakov ...
Captain Dubek's assistant (as Ilanit Ben Yaakov)
Sharon Raginiano ...
Lieutenant Colonel (as Sharon Reginiano)
Lana Ettinger ...
Supper Guest
Tsofit Shpan ...
Supper Guest
Anna Stephan ...
Shiran Fresco ...
Lee Michael
Lotan Sapir ...
Shoshi Ezer ...


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




Not Rated | See all certifications »




Release Date:

16 March 2006 (Israel)  »

Also Known As:

Patrouille in Jerusalem  »

Filming Locations:

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$926 (USA) (9 March 2007)


$20,464 (USA) (30 March 2007)

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The only 'girls in the army' 'buddy movie' I can remember... only in Israel! :)
6 March 2006 | by (Miami, FL USA) – See all my reviews

A thoroughly enjoyable movie about two girls in the Magav (Israeli Border Police), assigned to patrol Jerusalem together but with personalities worlds apart. Mirit is somewhat shy and timid- the 'nice girl next door' type, while Smadar is somewhat of a rebellious wild child. The daily stress of their patrols, spiced up with some humor and a little female bonding, pulls them closer together than further apart, and an unexpected friendship develops. The cast's ample beauty certainly doesn't hurt, but their acting is not to be underestimated either. The audience connects with the characters, and that can't be said about many films these days... highly recommended.

17 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Dreadful uniform bkc6696
no one else has posted so i figured i would tigers_hungry
..song during the closing credits?.. intriga-2
Speaking English King_JOEthird
The guy Dubik was kissing in the alley.. vas-sagar
Explosions in the Sky?? silva1-2
Discuss Close to Home (2005) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: