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Lebanon 2010

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3.5 out of 5 stars (46) IMDb 6.9/10

Fear and chaos collide for a young and inexperienced Israeli tank crew during the 1982 invasion of Lebanon. An internationally acclaimed, visceral war drama based on the true life experiences of the writer/director.

Starring:
Yoav Donat, Itay Tiran
Runtime:
1 hour, 33 minutes

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Genres Military & War, Drama, International
Director Samuel Maoz
Starring Yoav Donat, Itay Tiran
Supporting actors Oshri Cohen, Michael Moshonov, Zohar Shtrauss, Dudu Tassa, Ashraf Barhom, Fares Hananya, Reymonde Amsallem, Bian Antir, Aisha, Fatima, Khaled Salam, Iad Abu Nama, Hussein Mahagna, David Volach, Aryeh Cherner, Gur Nedzvetsky, Guy Hillel, Itay Balzi
Studio Sony Pictures Classics
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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"Lebanon" is the last of a small crop of acclaimed Israeli war films that addresses the First Lebanese War of 1982. The first was "Beaufort", released in 2007, followed by "Waltz with Bashir" in 2008. Curiously the first of these movies, Beaufort, depicts the last chapter of the war that involves the precipitous Israeli withdrawal from South Lebanon. Waltz with Bashir is an animated film mostly centered around the massacre of Palestinian refugees in the camp of Sabra and Shatila. Beaufort was honest, sad and difficult to watch due to the slow motion prevailing in the film. Waltz with Bashir is enthralling but morally murky for eventually placing almost the entirety of the culpability of the massacre on the actions of the Lebanese Phalanges. Lebanon, I feel, is by far the best of the three. It has a unique form of presenting its story. The movie alternates scenes of the inside of a tank with views through the gunsight of the gun turret. The four Israeli soldiers inside the combat vehicle experience the events of the first 24 hours of the war in a progressively deteriorating atmosphere, suffused with broken equipment, stench, filth and smoke. Through the gunsight, the audience can visualize the war in its total depravity. The movie does not preach, take sides or sanitize the insanity of combat. The horrific scenes of destruction of property, dead and dying civilians, and unending pain and suffering are only matched by the quick psychological deterioration of the soldiers. The tank crew is not in control of their fate or environment, and there is no attempt to create false heroism or glorify their actions. Samuel Maoz, the director, delivers an astonishing cinematic experience. It is difficult to make comments about this movie that will not involve spoilers.Read more ›
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Despite what his bio says, it is clear that Israeli director Samuel Maoz has either never been inside a tank (it is claimed that he was a gunner in the June 1982 War) or has forgotten everything he ever saw inside one. The 2009 Israeli film Lebanon, about an Israeli tank crew on the first few days of the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in June 1982, is easily the worst war film ever made. It is multiple sins: it is completely unrealistic in important details, the characters are ridiculous and unsympathetic and is essentially built around a gimmick, rather than a story. The director's idea was clearly to capture the claustrophobia of tank warfare and the intensity of frontline action through a "gunner's eye" view of events. This is not a bad idea in itself, just horribly executed here. For starters, I have never seen a tanker (having been one myself) suffer from claustrophobia; exact opposite - "man, oh man, am I glad to have all this armor wrapped around me instead of being outside like the bloody infantry." Tankers love their tanks (exact when they are broken down), and do not treat them like garbage piles as depicted here. The film is also very anti-Israeli at its core, which explains why it was both blocked by the Government of Israel and given an award - for political reasons - in the Venice Film Festival. It was an awful choice.

To begin with, none of the film is actually filmed inside a real tank and the only hint as to what kind of vehicle it is supposed to represent appears in the last few seconds of the film - a brief exterior shot of a Centurion tank amidst a field of sunflowers. It is clear that the Israeli military provided no help in making this film (why would it? - it makes them look like thugs).
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Bought this movie after seeing the trailer and hearing it referred to as "the Das Boot" of tank movies. I really liked the way the entire movie took place in the tank and felt very claustrophobic; I think that was a cool and interesting choice by the director and I can appreciate the movie for that. Also if it was simply the director's choice due to budget concerns I can appreciate that as well; I would much prefer the movie as is verses a dull roar of bad effects or CGI. Overall I think the ending left a little bit more to be desired; not necessarily more action, but I didn't have quite the sense of troop brotherhood I get from other war movies. Also the last scene at the end that could have been left on the cutting room floor, I don't see how that added anything to the story or characters or movie as a whole.
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This is not an easy film. It's a the portrayal of the insanities of war view through the armoured prism viewing port of an Israeli tank in 1982's Lebanese war. Dir.Yosav Donat neither praises nor condemns war. He instead, lets war condemn itself, and limits his praise to the enormous value he imputes upon a group of ordinary men trapped in extraordinary circumstances. He does not make these men into heroes, but simply forces us to accept their humanity even as they make mistake after mistake in a terribly inhumane environment.
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In response to the bad review by Forczyk, he seemed offended by the film's point of view, accusing it of making Israeli soldiers "look like thugs." I don't actually agree with that, as I saw more complexity in the soldiers depicted in the movie than Forczyk did. But for what it is worth, I was a peacekeeping (sic) marine in Lebanon in 1982 and the Israeli soldiers I encountered were brutal. The tankers in particular used recon-by-fire tactics frequently. They did not give a damn about the Lebanese and were not worried about wasting a few Americans as well with their Blackwater-in-Nisoor-Square-style tactics. I remember hearing about a marine captain jumping up on an Israeli tank at one point and threatening a particularly out-of-control tank commander with his pistol. (Google it for details, It was not my unit.) Regarding the cinematic depiction of a leaky tank and its dispirited crew, Forczyk offhandedly and arrogantly dismisses this as a ridiculous figment of the filmmaker's imagination, invoking his expertise as a former tank crewman as proof. Well, his opinion of Israeli soldiers is counter to my own personal experience. Unlike him, I do not expand this into any arrogant claims, but just add my story to the mix. As with the soldiers, one can figure that other tankers had different experiences than Forczyk. Perhaps they did not view their machines and their task with as much enthusiasm as he and his crew may have. I certainly have read many accounts of tankers in battle who found a tank to be claustrophobic. With the limited viewing slits available on a buttoned-up tank, it is an inevitable human reaction. It doesn't mean you want to jump out into the maelstrom, just that you must fight in a claustrophobic foul-smelling environment.Read more ›
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