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Filmmaker Amos Gitai was a first-hand witness to the 1973 Yom Kippur War, in which troops from Egypt and Syria chose one of the holiest days of the Jewish calendar to launch a surprise attack on Israel. This film examines the short but bloody conflict through the eyes of a student, Weinraub (Liron Levo). Weinraub and his friend Russo (Tomer Russo) have been instructed to join a special military unit on the Golan Heights shortly after the fighting begins, but in the confusion they are instead thrown in with an emergency medical team led by Dr. Klauzner (Uri Ran Klauzner). Weinraub and Ruso help… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A patience-trying docudrama almost completely devoid of any trace of narrative structure or even defined characters."
‑ Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
"The relentless attention to the sheer awfulness of war, which is the film's great strength, is also something of a shortcoming."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"As bloody or breathtaking or heroic as these gussied-up Hollywood depictions of armed human conflict might try to be, none of them capture the true hellacious chaos of war like Israeli director Amos Gitai's Kippur."
‑ Steve Tilley, Jam! Movies
"all the more daring for its desire to convey its message without didacticism or even conventional methods of narrative."
‑ Mark Freeman, Critical Eye
"A boldly authentic and thought provoking experience."
‑ Cornell & Petricelli, CinemaSense.Com
"A classic war film, at once elegiac and immediate, that takes you smack into the chaos of combat yet is marked by a detached perspective."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"A powerful film both intimate and epic, Kippur far exceeded my expectations. While I found his last film, Kadosh, to be overly melodramatic and drawn out, the mix of humour and horror in this film work well to create an extremely effective movie."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"Gitai's forceful direction realistically captures the chaos, dislocation and agony that the helicopter team witness and experience."
‑ Ed Scheid, Boxoffice Magazine
"an uncompromising look at war... unglamorous, unromanticized, gritty and intimate"
‑ Arthur Lazere,
"Simultaneously immediate and alienated, [Gitai] captures a chaotic portrait of the war with no glory, only the confusion, fear, and fatigue of a tour under fire."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Gitai plunges the viewer into the reality of modern warfare, in which the enemy is often invisible -- we never see the Syrians in Kippur -- and battle lines are often unclear."
‑ Fred Camper, Chicago Reader
"A near-masterpiece."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"It's as good a war film as I have ever seen, and that includes the gritty hard-nosed Sam Fuller's autobiography "The Big Red One.""
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Throughout, and even in the end, we have no emotional involvement. We watch, shrug and walk away."
‑ Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies
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