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Lebanon (2009)

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During the First Lebanon War in 1982, a lone tank and a paratroopers platoon are dispatched to search a hostile town.

Director:

Samuel Maoz

Writer:

Samuel Maoz
17 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yoav Donat Yoav Donat ... Shmulik
Itay Tiran ... Assi
Oshri Cohen ... Hertzel
Michael Moshonov ... Yigal
Zohar Shtrauss ... Gamil (as Zohar Strauss)
Dudu Tassa ... Syrian Captive
Ashraf Barhom ... 1st Phalangist (as Ashraf Barhum)
Fares Hananya Fares Hananya ... 2nd Phalangist
Reymonde Amsallem ... Lebanese Mother (as Reymonde Amsellem)
Byan Anteer Byan Anteer ... Lebanese Father (as Bian Antir)
Aisha Aisha ... Lebanese child
Fatima Fatima ... Lebanese child (as Fatma)
Khaled Salam Khaled Salam ... Lebanese Boy (as Khaled Salama)
Iad Abu Nama Iad Abu Nama ... BMW Driver
Hussein Mahagna Hussein Mahagna ... Truck Driver
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Storyline

June, 1982 - The First Lebanon War. A lone tank and a infantry platoon are dispatched to search a hostile town - a simple mission that turns into a nightmare. The four members of a tank crew find themselves in a violent situation that they cannot handle. Motivated by fear and the basic instinct of survival, they desperately try not to lose themselves in the most emblematic act of uncivilized problem solving: war. Written by Metro Communications

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Genres:

Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing bloody war violence, language including sexual references, and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Israel | France | Germany | UK

Language:

Hebrew | Arabic | French | English

Release Date:

15 October 2009 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Lebanon See more »

Filming Locations:

Israel

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,145, 8 August 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$367,798, 19 December 2010
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Upon accepting his award at the Venice Film Festival, Samuel Maoz said "I dedicate this award to the thousands of people all over the world who, like me, come back from war safe and sound. Apparently they are fine, they work, get married, have children. But inside the memory will remain stabbed in their soul." See more »

Goofs

The car in the courtyard next to the pile of clothes that the woman falls into has a number plate that was introduced in Lebanon in the 90s. See more »


Soundtracks

Ana el Qwerka
Music by Mustapha Skandrani and lyrics by Mustapha Kechekoui
Performed by Sami Badra, with Vitali Podolski (accordion), Sanya Kroytor (violin) and Yisrael Bright (piano)
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Potent, claustrophobic depiction of war inside a tank
28 March 2010 | by derekrankineSee all my reviews

Lebanon is based on director Samuel Maoz's own experiences as a soldier in the 1982 Israel- Lebanon conflict. The film focuses exclusively on the experiences of the four young Israelis that are responsible for operating a tank that rolls into Lebanese territory at the start of the war.

For almost the entire duration, the characters and the audience are trapped inside the vehicle; we can see only what they can externally through the narrow tunnel vision of a gun turret periscope. With no wider political context and little character background, this viewpoint successfully creates a claustrophobic, tense atmosphere and provides originality and intrigue to what might have been overlooked as 'another war film'.

The soldiers, confined to the tank, are inexperienced, tired, hungry, thirsty, scared, homesick, dirty, feverish and unable to work competently as a team. In the opening scene, their collective callowness leads to the deaths of a fellow soldier and an innocent civilian. From here, difficulty after difficulty presents itself in the form of hostile forces, indignant superior officers, technological issues and internal disputes.

The way the characters respond, the powerful use of imagery - and the contrast between the constant mechanical noise and darkness inside the tank, and the bright environment and varied action outside - combine to shape a potent viewing experience.


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