This witty tale of a border guard’s suffering, and the effect on his family, is unruly, absurdist and philosophical
From its triptych structure to the geometric lines of its cinematography, its absurdist, cartoon-like flashes of surrealism and even a brief animated sequence in the film’s third act, Israeli director Samuel Maoz’s tense, witty film, which won the grand jury prize at the Venice film festival in 2017, is designed like a graphic novel.
Jonathan Feldman (Yonathan Shiray) is a twentysomething Israeli border patrol guard with Aryan-German heritage, stationed in a shipping container that is sinking; we don’t know if he will come home. Director of photography Giora Bejach’s crisp digital shots and frequent overhead angles emphasise the modern shapes of Jonathan’s parents’ (Lior Ashkenazi and Sarah Adler) elegant, middle-class Tel Aviv apartment; hexagonal patterned tiles clash with a circular table and the hard right angles of a square armchair.
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