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Critic Reviews for Beaufort
Joseph Cedar, the director, obviously decided not to hold the audience's hand. This is good until you get lost; at which point you are less interested in the film and more interested in trying to feel for the hand that isn't there.
Clearly something has gone MIA in moving from the small pictures into a cohesive big one.
As long as soldiers have gone into battle they have struggled with the rightness of their actions and their purpose in the field -- no matter how firm their resolve at the outset.
Audience Reviews for Beaufort
A fantastic offering from Israel depicting the comradeship between soldiers assigned to an isolated outpost in Lebanon. Director Joseph Cedar centers the focus on his characters by putting the camera right down in the trenches with them. Other than their mortars and missiles you never even see the enemy, increasing the sense of isolation and (sometimes) despair. A fitting tribute to the brave men who actually served at Beaufort.
A very sad true story of the group of soldiers that was left to guard a mountain fort during the Lebanon war, Beaufort gives you an utter feeling of hopelessness. Its filmed with fluid motion photography which at first makes you unsure whether this is a motion picture of a documentary. The movie begins in the middle of their service as new recruits come in and others finish their terms. They all discuss why they think they are there and whether or not they feel it is worth it to risk their lives for something they didn't even start. The movie is a psychological exercise of what is right and what is wrong which I always find worth seeing.
You almost want to characterize this as the live action version of Waltz With Bashir...in my opinion it is just as effective. A very appropriate picture given that another great troop withdrawal is soon upon us.
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