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Genre Drama
Running Time 94 min
Release Date Aug 6, 2010
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Lebanon (Levanone)

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… Show more

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Sept. 10, 2010 - Boston.com - Ty Burr, Globe Staff

Except for its opening and closing shots, the entirety of “Lebanon’’ takes place inside a tank rolling chaotically through the first days of Israel’s 1982 Lebanon War. What we see of the conflict comes to us the way it comes to the tank’s young gunner, Schmuel (Yoav Donat): Through the circular, increasingly shattered glass-eyepiece of his periscope. It’s more than enough. Harrowing and horrifying, Samuel Moaz’s debut feature (it won the Golden Lion at last year’s Venice Film Festival) is a filmmaking challenge that a cynic might dismiss as “Das Tank’’ if it didn’t offer a scalding moral challenge in the bargain.

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