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Close to Home (2007)

Smadar Sayar , Naama Schendar , Dalia Hager , Vardit Bilu  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Smadar Sayar, Naama Schendar, Danny Geva, Katia Zinbris, Ami Weinberg
  • Directors: Dalia Hager, Vardit Bilu
  • Writers: Dalia Hager, Vardit Bilu
  • Producers: Itai Tamir, Marek Rozenbaum
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Hebrew
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Ifc
  • DVD Release Date: June 19, 2007
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000OCY7KS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,287 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Close to Home" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

(Drama) Two young, different female soldiers patrol the anxious streets of Jerusalem, questioning Palestinians and looking for suicide bombers. The rebellious one finds the army demeaning; the controlled one is obedient. Under intense pressure, against a backdrop of any-minute-now terrorist attacks, a friendship takes hold and roles reverse.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars living with terrorism August 23, 2007
Format:DVD
Imagine living in a world where the bus you are riding on could, at any given moment, detonate into a fiery deathtrap in a deliberate act of mass murder, or the café you are sitting at be rocked to its very foundations by a well-placed briefcase filled with explosives. How would living in so perpetual a state of high alert affect the things you did, the places you went to, the people you saw? And how would such an environment determine the structure of the society itself, the laws it prescribed and the way in which it treated its people? And could terrorism itself become such a commonplace and familiar fact of everyday life that even it might lose the ability to shock and horrify the very people closest to it?

Finding the means of successfully combating terrorism has, of course, become a life-or-death necessity for the people of Israel. One of their responses to the threat has been to instigate mandatory military service for all their young people. Another has been to subject Arabs to legal random searches - simply for being Arabs. In the Israeli film, "Close to Home," Smadar and Mirit are two young Army officers whose job it is to check the ID's of anyone in their assigned area who happens to look like a Palestinian. Possibly because they have grown up with terrorism as a regular part of their lives, these girls seem to have developed a strange immunity to its effects, for neither seems overly impressed with the seriousness of the job they are doing - although, of the two, Mirit is a little more concerned about what might happen to them were they found to be in any way derelict in their duties.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Life the way most of us don't know it August 10, 2009
Format:DVD
The movie tells the story of two young female soldiers serving their mandatory military service by patrolling the streets of Jerusalem and checking ID cards of Arabs and Palestinians passing through. Mirit is shy and wants to do what is right. She partnered with Smadar who isn't pleased to be with Mirit, whom most other female soldiers in their unit perceive as a stiff. At first they don't get along at all and their issues reflect in their performance. As their commanding officers press them to do better Mirit and Smadar end up worming up to each other and start to work together. They still have their issues and differences, but their care for each other shows when a suicide bomber strikes nearby....

This movie is a bit slow however it's not intended to be an action movie. There are some scenes where either Smadar or Mirit seem to behave somewhat irrationally. But that really seems to be the point of the movie as this is a story about life in a world of constant tension and uncertainty. And one way to cope with it is to do something that may seem irrational. This is something most of us don't really know anything about nor can we quite fully comprehend what it's like. One thing is for sure, watching this movie will make you appreciate what you have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ambitious, yet flawed March 10, 2010
By JR Mann
Format:DVD
Close to Home (Karov La Bayit) ends with an, assumedly, Arab man being pummeled to death by a crowd, over the objections of the two protagonists. We don't see the beating, as the filmmakers choose to not portray violence on screen. (An earlier bombing occurs off screen and we just see its relatively benign after effects.)

While Close to Home is about two women doing their obligatory duty in the Israeli Defense Force, the filmmakers appear to have two agendas, one a simple coming of age theme and the second, women caught up in a ridiculously male-oriented organization.

Viewers of any gender will alternately identify and reject both lead characters and their peculairities. In that, is the strength of the movie as the filmmakers aren't afraid of making both leads human, even if it borders on stereotypes (the timid rule-follower and the brash rule-breaker.)

For exposure to a world and country that is seldom featured in movies, Close to Home is worth a look.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Close to Home September 19, 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is one of my favorite Israeli movies and I recieved it very quickly in excellent condition. The story is charming and realistic, and movies such as this one allow me to listen to Hebrew conversation.
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