Kippur (Hebrew with English Subtitles)
Bloody, Vivid... Unvarnished.
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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: 4.5/5 -- A classic war film, at once elegiac and immediate, that takes you smack into the chaos of combat yet is marked by a detached perspective. Full Review
Los Angeles Times
Rating: 3.5/5 -- Gitai's forceful direction realistically captures the chaos, dislocation and agony that the helicopter team witness and experience. Full Review
...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
Rating: 3/5 -- The relentless attention to the sheer awfulness of war, which is the film's great strength, is also something of a shortcoming.
New York Times
Rating: 3/4 -- Gitai plunges the viewer into the reality of modern warfare, in which the enemy is often invisible -- we never see the Syrians in Kippur -- and battle lines are often unclear. Full Review
all the more daring for its desire to convey its message without didacticism or even conventional methods of narrative.
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
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.