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Close to Home

Close to Home
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 39 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: June 19, 2007
  • Originally Released: 2007
  • Label: Ifc
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 36


User Ratings: 2,392
3 stars out of 5 -- [I]t successfully provides a perceptive snapshot of everyday life in a bitterly divided city.
Total Film
May 1, 2007
Rating: 3/4 -- Both [main actresses] show their characters' growth while steadfastly and, sadly, unsuccessfully trying to hold on to the last vestiges of their innocence. If that's not the real tragedy of life in the Middle East, I don't know what is. Full Review
Globe and Mail
May 18, 2007
Rating: 2/4 -- 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. Full Review
Boston Globe
Mar 10, 2007
CLOSE TO HOME is one of the rare movies from Israel that refuses to spell out its politics, and you may be grateful for the ambiguity. -- Grade: B
Entertainment Weekly
Mar 1, 2007
[I]t's the absence of any self-conscious soapboxing that lends CLOSE TO HOME its poignant effectiveness.
Sight and Sound
May 1, 2007
[A] study of people coping with excruciating boredom and the absurd aspects of military life.
New York Times
Feb 16, 2007
Rating: 3/4 -- An engaging, straightforward look at female soldiers guarding the center of Jerusalem during the current intifada. Full Review
Jerusalem Post
Mar 22, 2016

Product Description:

Life as a teenage girl in Israel isn't easy. Just ask Smadar (Smadar Sayar) and Mirit (Naama Schendar), two 18-year-olds who spend their workdays wearing fatigues as officers in the Israeli Army. Vidi Bilu and Dalia Hagar's CLOSE TO HOME addresses the challenging concept of a country in which young women are forced to perform military service amidst the trials and tribulations of teenage confusion. Smadar is a rebellious type who clearly has issues letting people get close to her. Meanwhile, Mirit is as by-the-book as they come. When they're paired together to patrol the streets of Jerusalem and perform random I.D. searches on those who look suspicious (i.e., any and all Arabs), it looks like they're never going to get along. Gradually, they begin to warm up to each other, and a sisterly bond develops. But ultimately the strain of trying to balance personal issues with the stress of being soldiers causes them to rethink their friendship forever. Clearly a subject close to Bilu and Hagar's hearts, CLOSE TO HOME is, at its core, a universal story about budding womanhood. But placed in a military context, the stakes are even higher, and the levels run even deeper. Both Sayar and Schendar deliver superb performances, capturing their characters' constantly shifting emotional states with flawless accuracy.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: February 16, 2007
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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 26,935
  • UPC: 796019802499
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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