Carmel
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Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai offers an impressionistic look at his nation's long history of armed conflict in this experimental feature. Carmel begins with a re-creation of a battle from the first century, with Hebrews fighting off an invading Roman army, and the cascade of images that follows explores the theme of war and violence in Israeli history. The film also touches on the 1973 Yom Kippur War (which Gitai himself fought in) and current waves of terrorism and violence, as well as the less aggressive but equally telling conflicts that are a part of everyday life and the role of the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Carmel will be embraced by Gitai fans, who are familiar with his work and ideas. Casual moviegoers will be perplexed."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Unfortunately, the viewer is left out of the equation."
‑ Michelle Orange, Village Voice
"An impressionistic family chronicle with a tender heart."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"In an era of impersonal filmmaking, Carmel is as personal as a movie can be without naked body parts."
‑ Mark Keizer, Boxoffice Magazine
"Gitai has never been shy about adding autobiographical elements to his dramas, which only underlines Carmel's central irony: His most blatantly personalized movie feels like his least personal statement to date."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
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