Synopsis: A troubled family must face the facts when something goes terribly wrong at their son's desolate military post.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Samuel Maoz
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  16 wins & 13 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
108 min



Mrs. Feldman?

Mr. Feldman.

I'm sorry.

There's no easy way to say this.

Your son Jonathan

was killed tonight in the line of duty.

I'm leaving you some pills.

Take them if you feel pressure,


a ringing in your ears

or intense headaches.

I don't expect you to eat,

but you must drink.

It's important to drink

a lot of water.

Is this your phone?

You'll be notified

of the funeral time later today.

You don't have to take care of anything.

The funeral officer

will come this afternoon

and go over the procedure with you.

Here, Mr. Feldman. Drink.

Drink a bit.

Would you like us

to help you notify anyone?

A brother, sister or friend?

Maybe have someone come over to help?

I've set your phone to beep every hour.

It'll remind you to drink.

Now try to finish your water.

Mr. Feldman.



That's it.

A bit more.

Take it easy.

Take a deep breath.

It's 8:
00 now.

Your phone will beep at 9:00.

Then at 10:
00 and so on.

Drink a glass of water every hour.

Make sure you do that.

Mr. Feldman, I'm leaving you a note

with a phone number...

for any issue that comes up, any question.

Or if you just need to talk to someone.

Don't hesitate to call.

The line is open 24/7.

Your wife will sleep

for four to five hours.

Someone will examine her

when she wakes up.

And don't forget to drink.

Even if you're not thirsty.

That's it, Mr. Feldman.

We'll be leaving now.

Are you sure you don't want us

to help you inform your family?

Your brother, perhaps?

Someone from your wife's family?

Someone from work?

If you change your mind,

just call the number I gave you.

They'll help you let people know.

Our condolences, Mr. Feldman.



Hey, this is Alma.

I can't pick up right now.

Text me or I'll call you back

as soon as possible. Bye.

We have to let people know.

I don't want people here now.


I'll tell Mom. You start making calls.

I don't want anyone here when I get back.

Come on, Michael.

Leave Mom out of this for now.

I need some air, AVIGDOR. I can't breathe.

Forward, forward, right and stop.

Back, back, left and stop.

Michael Feldman.

Tuck your shirt in.

Mom, something terrible has happened.

I came to tell you

that Jonathan was killed.

You do remember Jonathan?

Of course I do.

Who's Jonathan?

Your son, the soldier.

So you understood what I told you?

Of course I did.


What did you understand of what I said.

That Jonathan was killed.



Mr. Feldman.

Second Lt. Israel Schwartz

of the Military Rabbinate.

My condolences.

I'm in charge of funeral arrangements.

We need to coordinate some details,

and brief you.

In private, if possible.

You can wait for me in the study.

"With deep sorrow," yes.

"We announce the passing of our dear son,

Jonathan Feldman.

May he rest in peace. Fallen..."


No, I'm not his father. I'm his uncle.

Instead of "fallen," maybe "plucked?"


or "in the prime of his life?"

For a soldier it's only "fallen?"

No, then that's fine.

"Fallen in the line of duty,"

if that's customary.

The funeral will take place...

Hey, this is Alma.

I can't pick up right now...


Before we begin,

I want to confirm a few details.

Does the deceased have a middle name?

No, just Jonathan Feldman.

Staff Sergeant Jonathan...

He's a corporal, not a staff sergeant.

He was promoted after death.

A privilege for fallen Israeli soldiers.

Jonathan Feldman,

son of Michael and DAPHNA?

Then he should be a sergeant,

not a staff sergeant.

Maybe he's getting a special honor.

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Samuel Maoz

Samuel Maoz (Hebrew: שמואל מעוז; born c. 1962) is an Israeli film director. His 2009 film, Lebanon won the Golden Lion at the 66th Venice International Film Festival. He also won the award for Best Screenplay for Lebanon at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in 2010. more…

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