The reported death of an upper-class Israeli couple’s soldier son sparks a series of tragicomically absurd events, in the bold new film from award-winning filmmaker Samuel Maoz (Lebanon). Foxtrot focuses on upper-class Israeli couple Michael (Lior Ashkenazi) and Dafna (Sarah Adler), who experience gut-wrenching grief when army officials show up at their home to announce the death of their son Jonathan while on duty.
“Brilliantly constructed … this is filmmaking on a fearless level.” – Jay Weissberg, Variety
Unable to find solace in the well-meaning condolences of their extended family or the empty patriotic platitudes of bureaucrats, Michael spirals into anger, only to subsequently experience one of life’s unfathomable twists — a twist that can only be rivaled by the surreal military experiences of his son. Moving from the grieving parents’ apartment to the remote military post where Jonathan was stationed, Foxtrot 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. (Dir. by Samuel Moaz, 2017, Israel/Switzerland/Germany/France, in Hebrew with English subtitles, 108 mins., Not Rated)
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