Kedma (English Subtitled) 2002 NR

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An Official Selection at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival, KEDMA is renowned Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai's (Kippur, Kadosh) powerful drama about a group of European Jewish refugees who arrive at Palestine in the critical year of 1948. Carried on the deck of the freighter Kedma, they come ashore to find not the Promised Land of milk and honey, but a war-torn desert in the bloody throes of transformation into the state of Israel. Rescued from a British army ambush at beachside by Palmach Jewish guerillas, the Kedma's ragged refugees are remade into soldiers expected to offer their lives to defend a nation that does not yet exist in a land they've never known.

Starring:
Andrei Kashkar, Helena Yaralova
Runtime:
1 hour, 35 minutes

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Kedma (English Subtitled)

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Product Details

Genres Military & War, Drama, International
Director Amos Gitai
Starring Andrei Kashkar, Helena Yaralova
Supporting actors Yussuf Abu-Warda, Moni Moshonov, Juliano Mer-Khamis, Menachem Lang, Sendi Bar, Tomer Russo, Liron Levo, Roman Hazanowski, Dalia Shachaf, Keren Ben Rafael, Sasha Chernichovsky, Rawda Suleiman, Gal Altschuler, Merzei Kumkin, Igor Mirkukhanof, Veronica Nicole, Blair Pootnoi, Uzi Rosenblat
Studio Kino International
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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Customer Reviews

This movie really went no where.
Scott Yochum
Interesting, but not sure what message it was attempting to convey.
B. Petrey
Very slow moving and a little hard to follow.
John C.

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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Andy Orrock VINE VOICE on February 26, 2005
Format: DVD
There are some excellent and very insightful viewer reviews already here on these pages. I concur specifically with the statement made by the spotlight reviewer: "I really wanted to like this film." Exactly. But, wow, director Amos Gitai really makes that tough. He's the king of the overly long shot. At the moment you think: okay, sir, let's move on with the story, Gitai's camera lingers, and lingers, and...lingers for minutes longer than necessary. I should have read my coverbox better: Gitai also directed 'Kadosh' and I had the same frustration there, where viewers were forced to watch the protagonst getting dressed in the morning for what was easily a 10-minute stretch of wordless action bordering on inaction.

When I pulled up the page for 'Kedma' in amazon, it tells me to pair my potential purchase with 'Broken Wings.' Take my advice and don't do that. I was totally enchanted with 'Broken Wings' and was making my way though a list of Israeli productions and bumped into 'Kedma.' I think those of you who liked 'Broken Wings' will be similarly disappointed. If you want to extend your Israeli-originated viewing beyond 'Wings,' I suggest taking a path well away from Gitai and down a road that includes the great drama 'Time of Favor' and - especially - 'Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi' (a personal favorite).
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By F. Sweet on January 21, 2006
Format: DVD
Amos Gitai has lost something since his directorial debut film ESTHER. In 1985, he took the biblical story of the book of ESTHER and placed it in the ruins of former Arab and Middle-Eastern Jewish area of Haifa, Wadi Salib, that had been destroyed in a 1950s riot.

Gitai's fast moving action film KIPPUR, released in 2000, about the war that Gitai had personally survived as an Israeli soldier, had been 27 years later turned into this movie from his war experiences. (In fact, the final scene of the intense action-adventure war movie KIPPUR actually comes directly from Gitai's personal experience.) ESTHER and KIPPUR were outstandingly good films that made Gitai's career.

Now comes KEDMA (in Hebrew meaning, "towards the East"). What a cinematic disaster!

Basic story: Opening with a wordless sequence, set in May 1948, in which surviving, Holocaust-traumatized European Jews arrive by boat (named Kedma) in Palestine, eight days before creation of the state of Israel, the oft times controversial Gitaï's latest examining of his nation's history and challenging contemporary reality focuses on Israel's founding moments. The passengers are anxious to get off the awful Kedma. But British troops try to stop them. They get caught up in poorly scripted retaliatory fire by the Jewish secret army (Irgun?) who try to help the arriving Jews get settled in a kibbutz -- in the middle of nowhere.

Attempting to follow the immigrant/refugees on their first steps in the 'promised land', Gitaï casts an unflinching eye over the justifications for his country's existence.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By trixiefinder on August 28, 2013
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too much self-indulgent introspection in this movie. slow, meandering, aimless script that takes you nowehere. a good cure for insomnia.
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11 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Seth J. Frantzman HALL OF FAME on June 1, 2004
Format: DVD
This wonderful film is yet another tour de force of Gatai's epics regarding Israel wars. In Kippur he showed us the sting of battle on the Golan. In Kedma we are shown the all to real story of Jewish Holocaust survivors arriving in 1948 and being instantly thrown into battle for the new state.
The beginnings are on the Kedma, a leaking old ship transporting hundreds of survivors. They are met at the shore by Jewish Palmach Guerillas, and are immediately fired upon by English soldiers. This begins one of may scenes that seems more fit for the stage then film, and perhaps is indicative of the writer being more familiar with theatre production. While shots are heard of camera the English soldiers are seen on Camera trying to hold the Kedma survivors. Why aren't the Palmach firing on the English soldiers? Why aren't the English shooting the Pamachniks? Who is shooting? Its not entirely clear why the Palmach didn't lay down covering fire and get the survivors away from the beach, and the `battle' doesn't seem realistic. Nevertheless it paints the symbolic picture of the English, who are leaving Palestine in three days, still trying to interdict refugees who have no where to go.
Throughout the rest of the film we follow the new arrivals as they go from survivors to soldiers. Several scenes tell the symbolic tale of the founding of Israel. Many of the longer speeches seem fit more for the stage then screen. For instance one Haganah Jewish resistance leader proclaims "Thank God we got rid of Religion'. IS the statement an irony, or is it simply translated wrong into the subtitles? Several other `scenes' that appear on the back of the film don't even seem to be included. For instance the cover shows a woman helping `Manachem' load his rifle.
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This is kind of an odd, dour movie about the birth of Israel. It follows a girl who emigrates to Palestine after World War II and gets involved in the Israeli independence movement. In some respects it is interesting but there isn't much of a strong storyline or payoff in the end. It wasn't a very memorable movie in my mind. If you are a history buff, you might find this interesting. If you are looking for a crisp story, you will probably be disappointed.
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