Friday 28 March 2008
This contribution to the "war is hell" annals marks a grim sort of achievement, in that it strips soldiering of all glamour. Beaufort, a mountain redoubt in Lebanon, has seen some of the bloodiest fighting in the Middle East.
Joseph Cedar, once a soldier, returns as director to tell the story of an Israeli commander (Oshri Cohen) trying to maintain morale over troops guarding the fort. Due to evacuate the place, they must still endure the daily payload of Hezbollah rockets. The film pokes at a still-raw wound, though its insights are more psychological than historical – how young men behave under the constant threat of death without any prospect of fighting back.
Watch the trailer for 'Beaufort'
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