Wednesday 17 July 2019

Foxtrot review: 'A clever, funny, unsettling film'

4 stars

Paul Whitington

Paul Whitington

Surrounded by enemies dedicated to its destruction, doomed perhaps to violently defend itself, Israel depends on a conscripted army.

The enduring effects of constant war are pithily explored by Samuel Maoz in Foxtrot.

Tel Aviv couple Michael and Dafna Feldmann are devastated when the military inform them that their son Jonathan has been killed in action.

But when our focus shifts to Israel’s northern border, we discover that their grim news may have been a case of mistaken identity.

For there is Jonathan, bored but safe, though in this part of the world, fate has a way of catching up with you. It’s a clever, funny, unsettling film.

(15A, 113mins)

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