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A zany, dark, & comedic portrait of everyday life for a unit of young, female Israeli soldiers. The Human Resources Office at a remote desert base serves as the setting for this cast of characters who bide their time pushing paper and battling in computer games, counting down the minutes until they can return to civilian life. Amidst their boredom and clashing personalities, issues of commitment - to friendship, love, and country - are handled with humor and sharp-edged wit.Written by
The first segment of the film is based off of director Talya Lavie's short film The Substitute (2006). That film also starred Dana Ivgy however while she played a character named Zohara the character in the short was closer to the character of Daffi in Zero Motivation, playing a soldier who dreamed of leaving Tel Aviv while training her replacement. See more »
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The Israel Defense Forces have a certain reputation both inside of Israel and outside of it. With certain exemptions, nearly every Israeli must do a mandatory two year minimum of training and the IDF is considered one of the best armies in the world. In Zero Motivation writer-director Talya Lavie quickly dispels with any romantic or political notions of what serving in the army is like and focuses her attentions on a group of teens serving out their time in a podunk base in the middle of the desert where her heroines are assigned the most menial and redundant administrative tasks.
The movie focuses on two best friends; Zohar (played by Israeli star Dava Ivgy) who has an attitude problem and a chip on her shoulder, and Daffi (Nelly Tagar) a childish brat who dreams of finishing out her duty in Tel Aviv where she can go shopping and play on the beach in her downtime. Instead the two friends make life miserable for everyone around them, focusing their attentions on hitting record highs in minesweeper instead of completing the simple office busy work they're supposed to be doing.
The film is organized in a triptych so that each half hour is its own individual section and tells one specific story but the stories build and feed in to each other. Also despite some dark story lines which include a suicide and an attempted rape the movie is absolutely hilarious. It always keeps the heroines at the forefront of the action and their callous attitudes and general unpleasantness towards their colleagues, and eventually each other, keeps things interesting and life.
A great watch.
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