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Really good. Lapid handles the explicitly politically charged material with clinical detachment which helps maintain a level of ambiguity and a lack of easy judgment. I love the early scenes where we observe the cult of hyper-masculinity / machismo amongst the overtrained (and admittedly uber hot) members of the elite police squad. Yaron is a fascinating character. It’s easy to write him off initially as a narcissistic cop as he dances in a towel showing off his masculinity to his extremely pregnant wife. But he’s also a dutiful husband, a devoted son and his blind patriotism is but an extension of these things.

The film is really a study in extremes and the second act pretty much resets the whole film as it shifts our focus to another group – this time a bunch of kids whose solution to the socioeconomic injustice facing the country is a random act of terrorism. It’d be really easy for the film to draw easy parallels between the two but it mostly avoids that and manages to carry enough real emotional heft to make the characters more than just broad types.

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