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  • Summary: Compelling and controversial, this film chronicles the day to day life of two Israeli women, Smadar and Mirit, during their compulsory military service. (IFC First Take)
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 75
    Sayar and Schnendar are likeable performers, and if Bilu and Hager had pushed the "private school for girls" side of Close To Home a little harder, they could have had a sharp satire on their hands. Instead, it's all played straight and close to the surface.
  2. Filmmakers Vardit Bilu and Dalia Hagar don't seem as interested in taking sides as they do in exploring universal themes.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    It presents an image of today's Israeli army, composed of teenagers who are by now several generations removed from the founders' original vision and have begun to question whether tactics designed to keep the country safe will only lead to increased levels of fear, humiliation and deadly violence.
  4. Reviewed by: Lael Loewenstein
    Close to Home is a slender slice -- a sliver is more like it -- of a very rich cake.
  5. 70
    I won't argue for the cinematic virtues of this film; they don't exist. But as a pseudo-documentary portrait of real life behind the explosive headlines, it's absorbing.
  6. The movie, written and directed by Vidi Bilu and Dalia Hager, is really a study of people coping with excruciating boredom and the absurd aspects of military life.
  7. 50
    This movie just seems like a scattered excuse to make political points without saying much of anything. Worse, it also fails to show us, with any vividness, how Mirit and Smadar think and feel as women.

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  1. JohnA.
    Jan 3, 2009
    A very important film showing the reality of Israel today and the risk of live and work there. Congratulations to the Director and the participants.