Beaufort (2008)

Not far from the old seafarer's fortress, Beaufort, is a military base with the same name kept by the Israeli army. This heavily guarded post has been here since the war in Lebanon in 1982. It is a symbol not only of Israel's most… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 18, 2008
DVD Release Date: September 1, 2008
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Beaufort is a deeply observant and meditative war film, masterfully rendered by director Joseph Cedar.

Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

The soldiers feel stuck and so do we.

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

[A] blistering antiwar film.

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Hank Sartin
Time Out Chicago

Cedar overcomes the generic characters and formulaic "which innocent will die next in an ironic twist" plotting by his attention to detail.

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Kamal Al-Solaylee
Globe and Mail

Clearly something has gone MIA in moving from the small pictures into a cohesive big one.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

The camera never leaves the beleaguered compound, and Beaufort itself becomes a character in the story, a surrealistic zone of tunnels, bunkers and sandbags, about as far from the possibility of heroism as possible.

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Nora Lee Mandel

Powerful portrait of an officer and his soldiers facing up to what it means to serve in an army of a fallible, democratic country that spins an explosive pyrrhic victory

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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

As long as soldiers have gone into battle they have struggled with the rightness of their actions and their purpose in the field -- no matter how firm their resolve at the outset.

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Jonathan F. Richards

It makes an urgent case for the futility of most wars, which serve immediate political goals that afterward don't seem terribly important.

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Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

It doesn't come like a full-length, filmed history lesson at all. In fact, it's a pretty fascinating, sometimes disturbing tale about the emotional and physical toll of combat.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Randy Tippy
A fantastic offering from Israel depicting the comradeship between soldiers assigned to an isolated outpost in Lebanon. Director Joseph Cedar centers the focus… More
Lizzy Bennett
A very sad true story of the group of soldiers that was left to guard a mountain fort during the Lebanon war, Beaufort gives you an utter feeling of… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Beaufort" takes place at a medieval fort in southern Lebanon which was captured by the Israeli army in 1982 in a controversial… More
John Ballantine
You almost want to characterize this as the live action version of Waltz With my opinion it is just as effective. A very appropriate picture given… More