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An urgent, unflinching, yet at times heart warming and witty picture, the new film by Israeli director Samuel Maoz (Lebanon) has already been hailed one of the best films of the year.
Foxtrot charts the story of a troubled family in Israel who are forced to confront difficult truths when they receive shocking news from their son’s desolate military post.
It lays out in three acts, forming a triptych of loss, waste and grief. The first act follows a pair of parents who receive devastating news from army officials, the second a remote desert checkpoint, where their son Jonathan lives with other soldiers. The third and last act lands us back in the city, showing us in more detail how collective hurt and anger can be passed down the bloodline.
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2017 Venice Film Festival, it’s both a fierce nightmare and an emotional knockout, the visionary boldness of which dares its audience not to look away.
“A savage satire of Israeli military grief and grind” Sight & Sound