Lebanon - the dynamics of an army unit stuck in a tank


Lebanon (Germany/Israel/France, 2009)

Seen: Wednesday, 21st April 2010 (cinema)
Runtime: 93′
Director: Samuel Maoz
Production House: Ariel Films, Arsam International, Arte France, Israeli Film Fund, Metro Communications, Paralite
Plot: (from imdb)

June, 1982 - The First Lebanon War. A lone tank and a paratroopers platoon are dispatched to search a hostile town - a simple mission that turns into a nightmare. The four members of a tank crew find themselves in a violent situation that they cannot contain. Motivated by fear and the basic instinct of survival, they desperately try not to lose themselves in the chaos of war.


Rating: -0 (Ok)

Impressions In Short
A very intriguing film. I get why it won so many awards. I probably would have enjoyed it more if not that war films are generally tough going for me.

More About the Film
The whole film happens inside the tank. And I think this is what makes the film very unique. They managed to hold the audience’s attention despite constantly keeping to the same setting and characters. The cinematography and editing was a huge challenge, but they found the right formula. It had a very specific and dark sort of humour, which worked very well too.

Yes, it is definitely a very good film. But of course it is a war film, so if you don’t like those, this might not be your cup of tea.

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