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With: Michaela Eshet, Hani Furstenberg, Moshe Ivgy, Maya Maron, Assi Dayan, Oshri Cohen, Yehoram Gaon, Yehuda Levi, Avi Grainik, Edith Teperson, Itay Turgeman, Barak Lizork, Danny Zahavi, Dina Senderson, Ofer Seker
Written by: Joseph Cedar
Directed by: Joseph Cedar
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Language: Hebrew, with English subtitles
Running Time: 96
Date: 02/10/2004

Campfire (2004)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Ash Palace

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Flash back to 1981; Rachel (Michaela Eshet), a 42 year-old Jewish widow hopes to move with her two teen daughters into an experimental West Bank settlement, but the girls would rather stay put. While Rachel tries to better her chance of getting in by marrying one of two potential blind dates, her youngest, Tami (the remarkable Hani Furstenberg, from Yossi and Jagger), learns a terrible lesson after acting on an innocent crush. Directed by Joseph Cedar, Campfire leaves politics in the distant background or treats them with matter-of-fact nonchalance, focusing instead on his tender, occasionally devastating coming-of-age story. The film wraps up rather abruptly and a little too neatly, but Campfire still roars effectively.

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