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Zero Motivation (2014) is an interesting film, an Israeli comedy-drama. It is about two girls who have been conscripted to serve in Israel’s Defense Forces (IDF), who are assigned to the HR department in a desert base. Both of them have zero motivation to serve in the Army and are looking at ways to get discharged. One of them (Daffi) enrols in the officer’s training, believing she will be posted in the city. The other (Zohar) is a misfit, throws her attitude to her superiors and is obsessed with playing minesweeper in the department’s computer – her behaviour takes a…

We are in the deserts of southern Israel, a father and daughter are travelling in an SUV after what’s probably a shopping trip, the girl “Layla” is driving and the father “Suliman” is attentively asking about her studies and the need to study well. As we think what a progressive father he is, the car enters their Bedouin village, which is getting ready for a wedding – for the second marriage of the father to a younger bride. Layla’s mother (Suliman’s first wife) “Jalila” is busy making the arrangements for the wedding party, while concealing her disappointment and betrayal of her…

This week Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation (ICAF) Chennai is hosting an Israeli Film Festival at Goethe-Institut Max Mueller Bhavan. Today I went for watching two movies, the first one was Dr.Pomerantz (2011). It’s a satire take on the lives of people with suicidal tendency. The Director Assi Dayan has succeeded in giving a movie that’s enjoyable, though it handles a heavy subject like depression. Doctor Yoel Pomerantz, a psychologist is supposed to be treating people who call into an emergency helpline, instead, he redirects them to his private practice at his house. His house is on the 12th Floor of a high rise apartment where…

I saw this movie today, Paradise Now a 2005 film directed by Hany Abu-Assad.  It is one of the very few movies that is shot in Palestine, it about two Palestinian men preparing for a suicide attack in Israel. It won a Golden Globe for best foreign language film and was nominated for an Academy Award in the same category – which raised my curiosity more to watch the movie. The two youths from the city of Nablus (Gaza strip) are just 48 hours away from their mission. The two men are allowed to spend what is presumably their last…