Room 514 (English Subtitled) 2012 R

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A beautiful, determined Israeli military investigator fights for justice when she interrogates ruthless young officers accused of brutalizing Arab civilians. Her only escape is a torrid affair with a fellow officer.

Starring:
Asia Naifeld, Ohad Hall
Runtime:
1 hour 30 minutes

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Room 514 (English Subtitled)

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Genres Drama
Director Sharon Bar-Ziv
Starring Asia Naifeld, Ohad Hall
Supporting actors Ohad Hall, Hilly Israel, Rafi Kalmar, Guy Kapulnik, Asia Naifeld, Udi Persi
Studio Film Movement
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 31, 2013
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It is rare to encounter a film confined (for the most part) to a single room that packs the wallop that this film form Israel delivers. Written and directed with great sophistication by Sharon Bar-Ziv and acted by a very small cast of splendid actors, this is a cinematic experience that shake's the viewer and makes an indelible impression of the many conflicts facing not only the Israelis of the story but of all peoples of global significance.

Anna (Asia Naifeld), whose origins are Russian, is in the Israeli army and is assigned the duty of investigating military/civilian incidents. Her current investigation involves interrogating Nimrod (Guy Kapulnik), an officer who is suspected of having information about a group of Israeli soldiers who brutally beat and unarmed Arab family. Nimrod is sarcastic about Anna's abilities, saying she doesn't understand warfare: his accusations are punctuated with frequent cellphone calls Anna accepts from her mother about household matters. Anna is in an affair with a fellow soldier Eraz (Ohad Hall) who is engaged to be married, but that doesn't stop their have very steamy sexual encounters in the interrogation room (there is one of the most erotic, complete sex scenes in film and all of this is by suggestion only as clothing is present). Eraz wants Anna to stop the interrogation of Nimrod because no killing was done. At the same time Eraz wants Anna to lie about their affair when his fiancé Michaeli (Hilly Israel) confronts him. Anna acquiesces to Eraz demands but pursues Nimrod until Nimrod agrees to bring in his commanding officer Davidi (Udi Persi) who apparently was the perpetrator of the beating incident.
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The Israeli drama "Room 514" can be described as a claustrophobic chamber piece that examines some fairly universal topics despite its relatively confined settings. It's a small picture that packs a big punch. Almost all of the film's action is confined to a spare room, there are rarely more than two characters on screen at the same time, and the movie relies on an intimacy in its interactions that make the viewer feel almost like a voyeur (a fly on the wall, if you will). While many of these choices may have been dictated by the movie's budget, they are elements that help to make "Room 514" feel decidedly different. There is nothing particularly new about he topics that the screenplay raises, but the story is allowed to unfold organically without hitting you with overt politics or moral pronouncements. In the end, though, filmmaker Sharon Bar-Ziv wrestles with the weighty issues inherent in any territory divided by strife. When is force justifiable? When is it considered excessive?

These are the questions that must be addressed by the movie's protagonist Anna (an effective Asia Naifeld), a military investigator looking into a charge of unprovoked aggression. Room 514 is an interrogation room used by the Israeli military. As the story opens, Anna is unraveling just what happened to an Arab family at the hands of a decorated and respected Israeli soldier. The narrative structure of the piece is somewhat fragmented and we only get little parts of the story doled out at a time. This heightens the suspense and mystery as you're not entirely sure where the plot is headed. I liked how all of the opening sequences had Anna stuck in a room alone with the men currently in her life: her reluctant witness, the defiant suspect, and the co-worker whom she's having an affair with.
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Political agenda of Film Director shows refusal to understand reality on the ground. Easy to raise questions about the military's behavior and conveniently ignore facts. Liberal point of view masks real facts.
Good acting by all actors, primarily the female interrogator and accused officer.
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By FM Forsythe on August 10, 2013
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Sorry, this is not worth the rental or time spent watching. The effort at filming a 'closed-in' space is not artful (just boring) and the dialogue is simplistic to the point of creating a parody. I didn't learn anything new about the Middle East or the known brutality of occupying soldiers.
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By Roni Batzion on July 21, 2013
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Israeli film with English subtitles; it's a gripping psychological study that takes place mainly in an interrogation room (Room 514) on an Israeli military base. A young female interrogator is grilling some battle-hardened veterans about an operation that has occurred in occupied territory. She meets with the veterans' contempt since she has not had the same combat experiences that they have to deal with every day, and on the other hand they don't understand her dedication to her job and her zeal to find out the truth.
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