Beaufort

2007 [HEBREW]

Action / Drama / War

3
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 85% · 53 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 72% · 2.5K ratings
IMDb Rating 6.7/10 10 4852 4.9K

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Top cast

Alon Aboutboul as Brigadier-General Kimchi, division commander
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1.18 GB
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23.976 fps
2 hr 11 min
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2.42 GB
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Hebrew 5.1
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2 hr 11 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by circusanimals 8 / 10

"...so it doesn't escape"

I just saw this last night at the Sydney Film Festival and want to let you know what I thought about it. It is a movie about boredom, fear and leadership, set - as I understand it - in the last days of the Israeli occupation of the buffer zone in Southern Lebanon.

The Beaufort of the title is a hilltop fortress used a forward position by the Israeli Defense Forces, and, as the name suggests, was built by the Crusaders in the 12th Century. Because of its history, the site is respected or sacred to both Israel and the Arabs, and has become a symbol of bravery. For that reason, both sides try to ensure the ruins of the original fortress are not damaged, and it becomes a character in the movie as the leader of the small group soldiers left to defend it describes how he feels almost physically prevented from leaving. The scene of the soldiers finally departing has the feeling of a captain wanting to go down with his ship.

To get to that point though, the soldiers must survive in their cramped conditions against the increasing attacks by the unseen Hezbollah - who want to make the Israeli withdrawal look like a Hezbollah victory, the indecision and delays from their superiors - who may be waiting for a political solution as they face pressure from the Four Mothers Movement to remove troops from the Security Zone, and their own isolation - especially as any attempt at character development results in that character being the next one to die.

And there is humour to illustrate the futility of their mission, as two Shakespearean characters explain that they are "guarding the mountain...so it doesn't escape."

It is a political movie: made clear with the intervention of the father of one of the dead soldiers. In fact, I understand that a representative of the Israeli government was booed during his introduction of the movie (which I missed) at the Sydney Film Festival. Was anyone there? What did he say?

I'll leave it others in this forum to discuss the politics and reality of the events, but, judging it as a piece of movie making, it is well-written, well-acted, and well-directed, and deserves to do well at the box office. Seek it out.

Reviewed by rooprect 7 / 10

Das Boot in a mountain

Right-wing audiences have criticized "Beaufort" for being left-winged, while left-wing audiences have criticized the movie for being right-winged. Immediately that should tell you this is a movie worth watching.

Like all great war films, "Beaufort" avoids situational politics and instead focuses on the broader, universal issue of war which all sides can agree upon: war is hell. Or specifically in this case, war is pointless hell. Here we have an excellent illustration; "Beaufort" is the story of a handful of soldiers who fight admirably to defend a fort, simply so that they can abandon it as planned a few days later. Folks, it don't get any more pointless than that. I would tip my hat to the genius who came up with such a great metaphor, but the funny thing is that the story came straight out of history.

(Note: although this film depicts the Israeli withdrawal from Castle Beaufort which was returned to Lebanon in 2000, it was actually filmed at a different fortress at the Golan Heights in Syrian territory currently held by Israel.)

Joseph Cedar directs this film in a tense, claustrophobic way with narrow, labyrinthine corridors that burrow deep into the mountain. I was instantly reminded of the classic submarine film "Das Boot" and wasn't surprised one bit when I read that Cedar was highly influenced by that film. "Beaufort" shares several qualities with "Das Boot" such as the facelessness of the enemy (all we see are the incoming mortars & missiles), the youth & inexperience of the soldiers (Beaufort's commander is 22 and most of the soldiers are 18- 20 years old), and of course the constricting, suffocating feeling of being stuck in a steel tube while, outside, the powers that be are deciding your fate.

One notable difference between "Beaufort" and "Das Boot" are the infrequent but powerful shots of the gorgeous landscape, the humbling presence of the 12th century ruins, and other scenes of nature which lend a positive breath of fresh air to an otherwise dismal setting. This, I'm sure, was very deliberate on the part of the director, and at one point there's a nice speech where one soldier says to another, "This will all be a tourist attraction, and you can bring your girlfriend here and tell her this is where Outpost Green once was."

And that, to me, is what separates "Beaufort" from the standard "war is hell" stories. Regardless of how the story ends up, you get a feeling that eventually the majesty of nature will prevail--or should I say the stupidity of humans will fail. Same thing, I guess.

Peculiar highlights of this film include a powerful, sad song sung by one of the soldiers in the barracks, and one of the cutest war dogs ever. (And if, like me, you always cringe at animals being used in films that aren't regulated by the AHA or RSPCA, don't worry I don't believe there was any animal cruelty here.)

Other great (anti-)war films that focus on the psychology of the soldier rather than the action of battle include: the aforementioned "Das Boot" set entirely in a German submarine, "None But the Brave" about an American & a Japanese platoon each stranded on a remote island together, and an excellent war-drama-comedy from Korea called "Welcome to Dongmakgol" about N & S Korean enemies meeting in a remote village where none of the villagers are aware that a war is going on.

All of these great films can be viewed free of politics if you just ignore the uniforms. Both right-wingers & left wingers alike can find common ground with the universal thought (to quote ex-Marine talk radio host Kim Peterson), "the only point of war is to kill people and break things!"

Reviewed by nir661 8 / 10

One of the most beautiful israeli films ever

Beaufort is an impressive israeli movie with fantastic photography and With excellent cast but some of the scenes are stuck and prolonged too Much. Beaufort is a movie that make you look on the other side of the war,of the mental and the physical side of the soldiers.it makes you understand the difficulties,dilemmas and the unbearable fear with some excellent And Impressive action scenes that makes us feel the soldier's situation in the war. This is a movie that can show the world the condition and the position of the Israelis soldiers that know the Israeli-Palestine conflict and can show the human side in the war and not only the wild and savage side.

There aren't any real winners at war but there are real injured and dead soldiers and people.This movie show you.

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