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Foxtrot (2017)

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A troubled family must face the facts when something goes terribly wrong at their son's desolate military post.

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Samuel Maoz

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Samuel Maoz
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Cast

Credited cast:
Lior Ashkenazi ... Michael Feldmann
Sarah Adler ... Daphna Feldmann
Yonaton Shiray ... Jonathan (as Yonathan Shiray)
Shira Haas ... Alma
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dekel Adin Dekel Adin ... Squad
Yehuda Almagor Yehuda Almagor ... Avigdor - Michael's Brother
Shaul Amir Shaul Amir ... Squad
Gefen Barkai ... Squad
Ran Buxenbaum Ran Buxenbaum ... Squad B
Rami Buzaglo Rami Buzaglo ... Driver of the toy van
Aryeh Cherner Aryeh Cherner ... High Ranking Officer
Eden Daniel Eden Daniel ... A boy in the back seat
Yael Eisenberg ... Female Soldier
Itay Exlroad Itay Exlroad ... Dancing Soldier
Eden Gmliel Eden Gmliel ... A girl in the back seat
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A troubled family must face the facts when something goes terribly wrong at their son's desolate military post.

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rated R for some sexual content including graphic images, and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Israel | Switzerland | Germany | France

Language:

Hebrew

Release Date:

21 September 2017 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Fokstrot See more »

Filming Locations:

Tel Aviv, Israel See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$31,629, 4 March 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$618,883, 21 June 2018
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A first-rate drama from Israel.
10 April 2018 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

The loss of a child can bring unspeakable sorrow, caught in its essence by Samuel Moaz's Foxtrot a stunning study of an Israeli family's tragedy. Their fallen son is not just the Feldman family's loss; it can be an emblem of the Israeli storied toughness set against the absurdity of its fight and the cost to a relatively small but prominent world population.

Basically a tripartite film, Foxtrot's first section languishes with the father, Michael (Lior Ashkenazi), as he responds to the universal call of two soldiers coming up their sidewalk, announcing the death to a fainting mother, Daphna (Sarah Adler). Moaz's shots are largely close up and over head both intended for us to feel his pain and his alienation. Never do these shots seem artsy; they are where we would be if we could enter Michael's space and view him from a judgment pov.

For the second part, which shows the son, Jonathan (Yonotan Shiray), at a desert outpost, the camera is more distant and the light much brighter. As the narrative shows a soldier dancing with a rifle and an animated black and white sequence accompanied by a suckled breast, the tone has changed to playful and absurd. This airy sequence is appropriately comical to heighten the daily tragedies.

Part three is the natural outcome of grief, itself accompanied by the foxtrot of the title, a simple dance to counter the daunting complexity of death and its aftermath. The film is a study of loss and grief exacerbated by a gritty culture that does not negotiate with the enemy and constantly deals with the Holocaust in its grief-laden memory.

All this and more is in a remarkably deep and sometimes light study of war and its outcomes. Foxtrot was Israel's entry in the Oscar sweepstakes this year and deserving its considerable attention.


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