Foxtrot (Afternoon Movie)
In this Israeli film directed by Samuel Maoz, Michael and Dafna experience gut-wrenching grief when army officials show up at their home to announce the death of their son Jonathan.
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 – a twist that can only be rivaled by the surreal military experiences of his son.
According to director Samuel Maoz, “I wanted to tell a story that would be relevant to the crooked reality in which I, and we, live. A story with a relevant statement – local and universal. A story about two generations – the second generation of the Holocaust survivors and the third generation – and each of them experienced trauma during his army service. Part of this endless traumatic situation was forced upon us and part of it could have been avoided. A drama about a family that breaks apart and reunites. A conflict between love and guilt; love that copes with extreme emotional pain. And as in my previous film, Lebanon, I wanted to continue to investigate, in an intensive manner that combines criticism and compassion, a human dynamic created in a closed unit. The film has a shot where you see a screen of a laptop with a notice of mourning and next to it a bowl with oranges. This frame is the story of my country in four words – oranges and dead soldiers.”
"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"
"The performances are superlative: subtle, rumbled, with the sense between husband and wife of a lifetime of love and disappointment."
"Graced by superb performances, especially from Ashkenazi and Adler, this gentle but devastating portrait bursts with integrity and tough honesty, even in its most lighthearted moments."
Directed by Samuel Maoz
In Hebrew, Arabic and German with English subtitles