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Beaufort ★★★½ 2007

A fascinating, intense look at the strife in the Middle East through the eyes of soldiers who have lived their entire lives under the shadow of conflict. As the 18-year Israeli occupation of the medieval Lebanese castle Beaufort comes to an end, the soldiers pray to survive random Hezbollah bombing attacks while waiting out the days until withdrawal. As the bombings increase, commander Liberti (Cohen) and his troops must hold on to hope while trying to manage the tedium of holding a castle for largely symbolic purposes. Film avoids political commentary and instead explores the minds of soldiers on the ground, to excellent effect. 125m/C DVD . IS

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