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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
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  1. Filmmakers Vardit Bilu and Dalia Hagar don't seem as interested in taking sides as they do in exploring universal themes.
  2. Reviewed by: Kamal Al-Solaylee
    The film is much more subversive for treading back and forth between the political and the personal, the Arab and the Israeli points of view.
  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: Derek Elley
    Mixes humor, tragedy, tenderness and political acumen into a well-observed coming-of-age format.
  5. Reviewed by: Lael Loewenstein
    Close to Home is a slender slice -- a sliver is more like it -- of a very rich cake.
  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. In short, this squad is an ill-trained, slovenly bunch of soldiers. That such behavior exists, or can exist, in any army is surely commonplace, but that Israeli producers should want to make a film about the matter at this time is puzzling.

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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.