Campfire (2004)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 10, 2004
DVD Release Date: August 8, 2006
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Marta Barber
Miami Herald

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.

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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger

A humane portrait of a troubled household and, by extension, a troubled country.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Wraps up rather abruptly and a little too neatly, but Campfire still roars effectively.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

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.

Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

A good movie that could have been better, Joseph Cedar's sensitive Israeli drama falters when he trades sociological observations for political ones.

Eric Monder
Film Journal International

Succeeds because Cedar skillfully develops his narrative, and he is ably helped by a strong cast led by Eshet and fine production

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

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.

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Akiva Gottlieb
Village Voice

The timelier elements of Campfire, which cleared house at Israel's Academy Awards this year, are too salient to dismiss.

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Ken Fox
TV Guide

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.

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John Ballantine
A true gem that is not easily found. If you do come across it, give it a play. An honest and chilling depiction of life in Israeli settlement communities.