Medurat Hashevet (Campfire)
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Medurat Hashevet (Campfire)
A woman seeking to embrace both her faith and her culture finds that neither is as simple as she imagined in this drama from Israel. It's 1981, and Rachel (Michaela Eshet) has become a single mother of two teenage girls after the unexpected death of her husband. Looking for a new identity as she starts her life again, Rachael decides to pull up roots and leave Jerusalem for a new settlement on the West Bank. Rachel's daughters have become acclimated to city life and are unenthusiastic about their mother's decision, but that doesn't change her mind. However, Rachel's… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Pic juggles several storylines that include the personal and political, but is unable to get beyond soap-opera shtick."
‑ Russell Edwards, Variety
"Beyond casting a jaundiced eye at the community's oppressive communalism, Campfire neither endorses nor opposes the settler movement that since 1981 has become an incendiary issue in Israel."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Wraps up rather abruptly and a little too neatly, but Campfire still roars effectively."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A 'little film' about loneliess and the difficult ability to love and to trust --but at the same time more universal than the shifting tide of nations' concerns."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Rings so familiar and universal, you have to remind yourself there are some tricky Middle East politics buried under the emotion."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"It's a story about sexism and inequalities, and were it not for its hokey ending, the film would've gained even more international recognition."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"A humane portrait of a troubled household and, by extension, a troubled country."
‑ Lisa Rose, Newark Star-Ledger
"Succeeds because Cedar skillfully develops his narrative, and he is ably helped by a strong cast led by Eshet and fine production"
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"Completely monotonous."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"A poignant picture about the need to fit in and find your place in life."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"Israeli films in general constitute dissenting voices against the established order by championing individual aspirations. Still, Mr. Cedar's own background makes him an unusual candidate for the role of dissenter."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"A good movie that could have been better, Joseph Cedar's sensitive Israeli drama falters when he trades sociological observations for political ones."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Released as the settlements on the Gaza Strip were being dismantled, Cedar's film offers a refreshing new perspective of them and a sly critique of their origins."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The half-baked, curiously optimistic ending is frustrating, but otherwise this is a moving, beautifully acted picture."
‑ Kevin N. Laforest, Montreal Film Journal
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