Lebanon (Levanon)
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The First Lebanon War - June, 1982. A lone tank is dispatched to search a hostile town that has already been bombarded by the Israeli Air Force. What seems to be a simple mission gradually spins out of control. Shmuel the gunner, Assi the commander, Herzl the loader and Yigal the driver are the tank's crew, four 20-something boys who have never fought in a war and are now operating a killing machine. Though trying to remain brave, the boys are pushed to their mental limits as they struggle to survive in a situation they cannot contain, and try not to lose their humanity in the chaos of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"We can smell the sweat, urine and diesel fuel in Lebanon. We can taste the exhaust, the metallic tang of explosive fumes from a shell ejected from the cannon."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"A filmmaking challenge that a cynic might dismiss as "Das Tank" if it didn't offer a scalding moral challenge in the bargain."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Lebanon is an absolutely stunning piece of work. Both incredibly powerful and completely captivating, it's one of the best films I've ever seen."
‑ Blake Griffin, We Got This Covered
"Una aproximación a la traumática crueldad de un conflicto bélico narrada exclusivamente desde el interior de un tanque de guerra. La experiencia es tensa, agobiante y angustiante, casi como la guerra misma."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"Blood, sweat and oil...the only thing worse than the dark, hellish, odorous claustrophobia of the tank's innards is the tunnel vision afforded by the gun-sight...[Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Although Lebanon is to be congratulated for its bold visual strategy and strong antiwar stance, the film becomes claustrophobic after a while. When one of the characters finally emerges from the tank, you may find yourself as relieved as he is."
‑ Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"It is a grisly experience, and one of the greatest war films I have ever seen."
‑ Tom Horgen, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Though not as explicitly focused on memory as Waltz with Bashir, Lebanon's style lends its own dredged-from-memory, expressionistic rawness."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, Film Comment Magazine
"Physical, visceral, intimate, and even sensual, Lebnaon, a highlight of Israeli cinema of the past decade, is a combat film like no other war film you have seen before"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It's a strong film, complex in many ways, and seems to me to come from a genuinely stricken conscience. But in its formal probity, Lebanon turns into a moral dodge."
‑ Stuart Klawans, The Nation
"There's a bit too much of the tight close-up of sweat- and soot-stained faces trembling with emotion and doubt, but there's no mistaking or escaping this movie's powerful impact."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards, Film.com
"The limited perspective of the world outside, combined with the claustrophobic, clammy interior of the rumbling tank, immediately generate a tremendous tension, and the film wastes no time in ratcheting up the stress."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"It's amazing how much tension can be built up in such a small space."
‑ Jeff Beck, Examiner.com
"An impressive claustrophobic and frightful depiction of war's insanity."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It works so strenuously to deliver its message that it threatens to short-circuit what otherwise could have been a gut-punch of a film."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
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