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Incredible that this dreary mess could win anything
Advice to any unknown Israeli film-maker - get a whole wad of money from the Israel Film Fund, go off to Europe and use it to make a film that slags off Israel. The locals in the old Continent will love it and you will become the darling of the Festival Circuit. This particular award-winning opus has a central character ( I use the term loosely ) who hates his own country - Israel - so much that he refuses to speak in his native tongue and searches his French dictionary to find as many words as possible to express the vileness of the Jewish State. We gather that he was a soldier, thus the Israel Defense Force is neatly drawn into the general condemnation. This all obviously went down famously in Berlin, and served well to confirm everybody's prejudices - as in " Hey if they hate themselves that much then everything bad we hear about Israel must be true ". A Golden Bear was duly awarded to the proud director who will now probably feel himself encouraged and inspired to make more brutish, boring and badly constructed films.
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