Kippur (Hebrew with English Subtitles)
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 2 hours, 3 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: August 28, 2001
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: Kino Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Stereo - Hebrew
- Subtitles - English - Optional
- Interactive Features:
- Interactive Menus
- Scene Access
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Liron Levo & Uri Ran Klauzner|
|Performer:||Juliano Merr, Yoram Hattab & Guy Amir|
|Directed by||Amos Gitai|
|Edited by||Kobi Netanel & Monica Coleman|
|Screenwriting by||Amos Gitai|
|Composition by||Jan Garbarek|
|Produced by||Laurent Truchot|
|Director of Photography:||Renato Berta|
Rating: A -- A powerful film both intimate and epic, Kippur far exceeded my expectations. While I found his last film, Kadosh, to be overly melodramatic and drawn out, the mix of humour and horror in this film work well to create an extremely effective movie. Full Review
A patience-trying docudrama almost completely devoid of any trace of narrative structure or even defined characters.
...KIPPUR is a classic war film, at once elegiac and immediate....KIPPUR is one of those handful of films that makes you feel what war is really like...
Los Angeles Times
Gitai captures the squalor and surrealism of the war, and there is a strangely introspective and dreamlike quality to his film-making.
Sight and Sound
A near-masterpiece. Full Review
Rating: 3.5/5 -- As bloody or breathtaking or heroic as these gussied-up Hollywood depictions of armed human conflict might try to be, none of them capture the true hellacious chaos of war like Israeli director Amos Gitai's Kippur.
Rating: 3.5/5 -- Gitai's forceful direction realistically captures the chaos, dislocation and agony that the helicopter team witness and experience. Full Review
In 1973, on the Jewish high holy day of Yom Kippur, the Arab nations launched a massive military assault on the state of Israel. KIPPUR follows the paths of two Israeli soldiers as they face the chaos and carnage of battle. Weinraub (Leron Levo) is a sensitive, artistic sort. He quotes Herbert Marcuse to his friend, Ruso (Tomer Ruso), who is much more gung-ho, as they head off to battle. In the pandemonium at the front, the two fail to find their unit, and end up joining an airborne rescue unit. Amos Gitai avoids all sentimentality and sensation. He doesn't dwell on the politics of the war. His focus is on the men who experience the ugliness and tedium of battle and the effect this experience has on them. As the film gets deep down in the mud, literally, with these soldiers, we get a close-up look at the aftermath of the violence. These are stoic men, who never question the necessity of what they do. The actors deliver straightforward performances that enhance the realistic power of the film. Gitai is perhaps the world's best-known Israeli filmmaker, and KIPPUR is an excellent example of his intimately scaled, uncompromisingly honest work.
- Theatrical release: November 2, 2000
- The film was shot on location in the Golan Heights.
- Amos Gitai, the director, lived in exile for over ten years because an early documentary of his, FIELD DIARY (1982), shot during the invasion of Lebanon, created tremendous controversy.
- Amos Gitai also directed BRAND NEW DAY (1987) a concert documentary on the Eurhythmics.
- Director of Photography Renato Berta has shot films for many well-known directors, including Louis Malle, Jean-Luc Godard, and Alain Tanner.
- The film is dedicated to director Sam Fuller, among others.