Winner of the Silver Lion, 2017 Venice Film Festival. Michael and Dafna experience gut-wrenching grief when army officials show up at their home to announce the death of their son Jonathan. Unable to find solace, Michael becomes increasingly frustrated by overzealous mourning relatives and well-meaning army bureaucrats. While his sedated wife rests, Michael spirals into a whirlwind of anger only to experience one of life's unfathomable twists—one that can only be rivaled by the surreal military experiences of his son.
FOXTROT examines both the strength and the absurdity of military service from several points of view. Moving from the grieving parents’ apartment to the remote military post where Jonathan was stationed, filmmaker Samuel Maoz shows us precisely how much damage can ensue when young soldiers, barely able to tell their toe from a trigger, experience boredom, privation and loneliness. Although there is a terrible tragedy at the heart of the film, FOXTROT contains many moments laced with mordant humor, irony, and sincere emotional connection. Maoz once again brings us a powerful story, beautifully photographed and composed, about the lunacy of war, and its most immediate, as well as its most far-reaching, impacts.
“No matter what you're expecting, FOXTROT is not the film you expect it to be. It's better… An intricate, dazzling cinematic dance, FOXTROT goes both deeper in and further out than standard-issue cinema. It's profound and moving and wild and crazy at the same time, simultaneously telling a specific story and offering an emotional snapshot of a country whose very soul seems to be at risk.” —Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times “Brilliantly constructed with a visual audacity that serves the subject rather than the other way around, this is award-winning filmmaking on a fearless level.” —Jay Weissberg, Variety
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