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Zero Motivation (2014)

Efes beyahasei enosh (original title)
Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 26 June 2014 (Israel)
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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

Writer:

Talya Lavie
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dana Ivgy ... Zohar
Nelly Tagar ... Daffi
Shani Klein ... Rama
Heli Twito Heli Twito ... Livnat
Meytal Gal ... Liat
Tamara Klingon Tamara Klingon ... Irena
Yonit Tobi Yonit Tobi ... Tehila
Yuval Segal ... Boaz, Base Commander
Elad Smama Elad Smama ... Meir
Moshe Ashkenazi ... Eitan
Dana Meinrath ... Anat
Lior Weinberg Lior Weinberg ... Guy Shefi
Adi Havshush ... Shira
Lee Lotan Lee Lotan ... Naama
Eyal Heyne Galli ... Tzahi (as Eyal Heina Gali)
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Storyline

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 Earth Day

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Israel

Language:

Hebrew

Release Date:

26 June 2014 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Zero Motivation See more »

Filming Locations:

Arad, Israel See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,427, 7 December 2014

Gross USA:

$116,044

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$138,609
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Daffi receives her Second Lieutenant rank in Officers' school (IDF Bahad 1) and is told that she will then be directed to a complementary course (Hashlama Heylit). In the IDF, officers get their Second Lieutenant ranks in the end of the completing course. See more »

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Amazing triptych
20 March 2017 | by ReganRebeccaSee all my reviews

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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