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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 ... 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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Details

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

Gross USA:

$368,088

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,263,813
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

After his wartime experiences, it took Samuel Maoz 25 years to actually be able to physically write a screenplay based on what he had witnessed. Every attempt he had made beforehand had made him vomit. See more »

Goofs

During the first part of film the tank zooms in on shelf with a bunch of 7 Up cans. The cans all have the current 7 Up graphics despite the films' 1982 setting. See more »

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2009 (2009) 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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Best War Film I've Ever Seen.
1 October 2009 | by demaozaSee all my reviews

I've been surfing in IMDb for a long time, but this is the first time I've ever felt the need to post a comment for a movie. I guess it really startled me. Anyway, it's probably the best war picture I've ever seen, as I already hinted in the title.

You see, the problem with war pictures is that many times they're just not good enough, but when they're too good, they reach a level of entertainment that makes me, as a viewer, "enjoy" the war and find it pleasurable, even if it wasn't the director's intention. Take "Apocalypse Now", for example, or "Full Metal Jacket" - Those movies show the Vietnam War as some sort of a spectacle, which makes the viewer enjoy the war when he should despise it.

What makes "Lebanon" so unique is that the movie is impressive and beautiful as a work of art, but in the same time it succeeds in featuring war as so horrible, that you feel disgusted and amazed in the same time.

I don't know. Maybe the fact that I served in the Israely Artillery Corps affects my judgment. When you serve inside a cannon which resembles too much the tank shown in the movie, with all the claustrophobia and disorientation involved, it might be much easier to relate to such a movie.

Anyway, this movie is not perfect. It falls to some clichés sometimes, and the acting of Oshri Cohen tends to get on my nerves, but the camera work is flawless, and the direction, mostly, is superb.

I saw another comment here which said that movies like "Bofor" and "Waltz With Bashir", which deal with the Lebanon War as well, were much better because they show the background stories of the characters shown, but I don't thing "Lebanon" needed such stories. It was good enough to show the traumatic reactions of scared young soldiers who just want to go home in the face of war.

This movie is not trying to say what is right or wrong. It simply gives you the sour taste of war as it is. I generally dislike films that feel me with anger, sadness, nausea or grief, but in this case, the movie was so good and important I feel proud I saw it.

I think everyone should see this movie. Really. It's not an easy one, and it's not perfect, but it's REAL. Too close to reality, I might add. But still. Strong and magnificent cinema.


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