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Lebanon (2009)

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During the First Lebanon War in 1982, a lone tank and a paratroopers platoon are dispatched to search a hostile town.


Samuel Maoz


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yoav Donat Yoav Donat ... Shmulik
Itay Tiran ... Assi
Oshri Cohen ... Hertzel
Michael Moshonov ... Yigal
Zohar Shtrauss ... Gamil (as Zohar Strauss)
Dudu Tassa ... Syrian Captive
Ashraf Barhom ... 1st Phalangist (as Ashraf Barhum)
Fares Hananya Fares Hananya ... 2nd Phalangist
Reymonde Amsallem ... Lebanese Mother (as Reymonde Amsellem)
Byan Anteer Byan Anteer ... Lebanese Father (as Bian Antir)
Aisha Aisha ... Lebanese child
Fatima Fatima ... Lebanese child (as Fatma)
Khaled Salam Khaled Salam ... Lebanese Boy (as Khaled Salama)
Iad Abu Nama Iad Abu Nama ... BMW Driver
Hussein Mahagna Hussein Mahagna ... Truck Driver


June, 1982 - The First Lebanon War. A lone tank and a infantry platoon are dispatched to search a hostile town - a simple mission that turns into a nightmare. The four members of a tank crew find themselves in a violent situation that they cannot handle. Motivated by fear and the basic instinct of survival, they desperately try not to lose themselves in the most emblematic act of uncivilized problem solving: war. Written by Metro Communications

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Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing bloody war violence, language including sexual references, and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 October 2009 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,145, 8 August 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$367,798, 19 December 2010
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ang Lee was a very vocal supporter of the film at the Venice Film Festival where it received a standing ovation. See more »


The photograph at the travel agency of the downtown New York City skyline shows the buildings of the World Financial Center, which were built several years after the movie takes place. See more »


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Music by Mustapha Skandrani and lyrics by Mustapha Kechekoui
Performed by Sami Badra, with Vitali Podolski (accordion), Sanya Kroytor (violin) and Yisrael Bright (piano)
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Artful claustrophobia
7 October 2010 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"Man is steel, the tank is only iron." Sign inside the Israeli tank.

Lebanon is a claustrophobic cinema verite about an Israeli tank patrolling the First Lebanon War in 1982. On its way with paratroopers to survey a leveled, hostile town, the tank encounters enemies, and the inconvenience, boredom, and terror of living inside an iron box with not even enough room to pee. The above sign is amply ironic about the decidedly unsteel-like humans. The voice of Central Command coming over the communication network reminds me of Pinter or Beckett, ominous and remote, not anyone's idea of a benevolent god.

Comparisons have been made between this film and Das Boot (1981), the memorable submarine movie, also mostly shot inside the warship. However, Das Boot seems like a 4000 square foot condo next to Lebanon's 600 square apartment, so much more room does the sub seem to have with walking and just standing upright. Comparisons also have been made with last year's Oscar winner, The Hurt Locker. Their minimalism has much in common, but Hurt Locker gives richer characters and more breathing space.

The conflicts in Lebanon besides the grubby, grueling tank interior include the choice of shooting the enemy or not. The Solomon choices of blasting or not a car with passengers, a farmer's truck, and a young boy are dramatically intense. Also, when a Syrian prisoner is taken, the choice of how to treat him is not so easy because a supposedly helpful but devious Phalangist (Christian Arab) may want to torture him, unbeknownst to the Israelis.

The close up camera work is expertly done as it invites the audience to look while being repulsed at the same time, not an easy cinematic feat. The first and last shots of a sunflower field are another ironic touch.

This is a film to help us understand the harrowing life of soldiers and the ambiguous morality of war.

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