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After 18 years dug into a heavily fortified mountain deep in occupied Lebanon, the last Israeli soldiers enduring constant bombardment at the site of the ancient crusader stronghold called Beaufort receive orders to abandon their posts, detonate the warren of bunkers in which they ve tenuously clung to life and victory, and come home. Amid redoubled shelling from Hezbollah, the fort s brash, impossibly young commander Liraz (Oshri Cohen) struggles to keep himself and his men safe from a faceless enemy that would turn withdrawal into massacre, and transform a just cause into a lost cause. An unusually dexterous ensemble cast and director Joseph Cedar s (Time of Favor) visionary combination of gritty objectivity, lucid sudden violence, and keen sensitivity to the tangle of terror, duty, and sacrifice common to soldiers of any era, results in a film so realistic, so intense, it verges on the surreal. (LA Times). Suspenseful, poetic, and heartbreakingly transcendent, the Oscar ® nominated Beaufort is a movie of tremendous power (Entertainment Weekly) and one of those once-in-a-decade war pictures that reminds us what's worthwhile about putting the ritualized barbarism of combat onscreen in the first place. (New York Sun)
- The Making of Beaufort
- 10 Deleted Scenes
Top Customer Reviews
If you have read the novel and want to relive the experience, relishing again a Catch-22 vision of warfare, this film may be a disappointment. For the most part, it tells its story straight, and stripped to the novel's fairly simple plot line, there is much less to enjoy. Missing in particular is the wild, absurd, often raunchy humor of the novel - the wacky carry-on of Zitlawi especially. Outtakes from the film, which are included on the DVD, suggest that the filmmakers tried to get cinematically out of the box - the men searching outside the fort for the body of a slain comrade, or bathing together in a stream - but the decision seems to have been to maintain the claustrophobia by keeping the action inside the walls of the fort as mortars randomly fall around them, fired by an unseen enemy.Read more ›
All in all worth watching for sure.
Acting was real good and the subtitles did not bother or interfere with the message which was the futility of the capturing and keeping of the old crusader fort in the Lebanon war. There were also reference to how politicians and higher ups are incompetent and oblivious to the suffering of the soldiers who often have to suffer from their superiors removed stupidity.
If you research the actual battle of Beaufort you will also see how that was screwed up and resulted in the death of many Israeli soldiers.
The filmmakers shot this in another Crusader castle, Kalat Nimrod, on the Golan Heights. Within its walls, they contructed a bewildering rabbit warren of underground passages, reinforced concrete barriers and outposts from which the soldiers keep watch on the enemy.
There is a palpable atmosphere of clastrophobic despair in this movie. We never glimpse the enemy and the Israelis fire not a single shot during its two-hours. They cower under a constant barrage of Hizbollah mortar fire, asking themselves what the hell they are doing there. They watch as a collague is blown to smithereens trying to dismantle a mine to open a road that goes nowhere which nobody uses. They see two colleagues killed by guided anti-tank missiles to which the Israeli army has no answer. Their commander, a kid called Liraz, tries to bolster his men's determination and belief in the mission -- but he himself no longer understands the mission. There is a certain mystique about the site itself -- but it turns out that the famous capture in 1982 may have been the result of a military blunder.
Israel's invasion of Lebanon was a tragic mistake. It was designed to make northern Israel safe from Palestinian rockets but the Palestinians were simply replaced by an even more implaccable enemy, Hizbollah. In 2006, Israel made the same mistake again and fought the Second Lebanon War against Hizbollah, proving that the country's political leaders had learned nothing.
Hundreds of lives were sacrificed for nothing.
This movie, brilliantly designed, photographed and acted, is a metaphor for these twin tragedies.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Showed the internal stresses of the situation upon the men and their commanderPublished 2 months ago by Norman Wash
This movie is a masterpiece. It is honest, v interesting and provocative. Well acted and written also.
I could talk about Beaufort for hours, but here I'll just say - see it. Read more
Not too bad. Fairly depressing, but the message i t portrays is pretty solid.Published 5 months ago by JakeRW
The movie shows pretty well what it is like to be on the front lines fighting Hizbullah to some
Degree. Read more