Close To Home (Karov La Bayit) Review

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Two 18 yr old girls with completely opposite personalities are assigned to a guard post on the Israel/Palestine border and forced ti deal with personality clash, the realities of the occupation and army life and the usual trials of teenage life.


A wry sense of the futility of Israel’s attempts at policing its Palestinian population permeates this fact-based debut by writer-directors Vardit Bilu and Dalia Hagar. Among the first features to explore the role of women in the Israeli military, it reveals how the disaffection of so many conscripts poses a threat to national security.

Yet it shies away from deeper political analysis to concentrate on the burgeoning friendship between the meticulous but reluctant Neama Shendar and fellow teen Smadar Sayar, who is more interested in defying her superior than harassing Arabs. Provocatively satirical without resorting to caricature, this is judicious, bold and often disarmingly compassionate.

A slyly subversive insight into the role of women in the Israeli military, this is a surprisingly compassionate satire that makes its political points without resorting to caricature.