Zero Motivation

Synopsis: A zany, dark, & comedic portrait of everyday life for a unit of young, female Israeli soldiers. The Human Resources Office at a remote desert base serves as the setting for this cast of characters who bide their time pushing paper and battling in computer games, counting down the minutes until they can return to civilian life. Amidst their boredom and clashing personalities, issues of commitment - to friendship, love, and country - are handled with humor and sharp-edged wit.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Talya Lavie
Production: Zeitgeist Films
  9 wins & 9 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
97 min


Not here. It's Taken.

Excuse Me, Excuse me...


Soldiers, the bus is broken down. Please

leave the bus. Another bus is coming.

Soldiers, please, everyone off the bus.

Everyone off, please.

Take us home!

Episode 1:
The Replacement

Kill me now.

Come on, let's go. We're late.

I can't take another step.

Go on without me.

I missed two buses because of you.

If I'm late Rama's gonna' kill me.

Why doesn't anyone answer my letters?

You want me to carry your backpack?

It won't help.

My soul is what's heavy.

I just can't go into that base

and start another lame week.

Stop it, Dafta. It'll go by fast.

We'll do some shenanigans. It'll be fun.

We'll set a new Mine-Sweeper record.

Excuse me?

This is Shizafon base, right?

Shivzaon. Yeah, this is it.

Good, I thought I was in the

wrong place. I'm new here.

Poor thing. I feel your sorrow.

Excuse her, she doesn't like Sundays.

Wait. What's your name?

Tehila. What's your position?

Receptionist. Where?

In an office. What office?

What is this, an interrogation?

I'm going in.

You don't get it? She's my replacement.

That's Good.

What time is it? I have to

serve coffee to the dickheads.

"Just so you know... there are

a lot of fags on this base..."

The private says: "

really?" The Sergeant says:

"Yeah. You want me to point them out?"

So the Private answers: "Yeah".

The Sergeant says:

"No problem, but first I want a kiss."

So I guess we're not getting

coffee this morning?

You'll get it. My soldiers

are working on it right now.

Good, because if you want to

command a hundred soldiers

you'd better learn how to command

5 of them. Absolutely. Ok.

We're having the multi-branch drill

this week so... Ber, go ahead.

Ok, we'll be training in area

Oscar-4 Tarantula Sector.

Blanks only. Section 280

is closed for the drill.

What makes you think she's your replacement?

What do you mean? It's obvious.

My letters finally reached someone

who read them and wants to help.

Wait, where did you come from?

Boot camp.

Where were you sent?


You see?

This is the Personnel Office.

Your new home.

This is your desk and you

can put your backpack here.

There you are, disobedient soldier.

Don't even ask what happened.

All of the Officers are waiting.

They're thirsty and dying to eat.

I'm not even going to ask. Thank you.

The bus broke down, I swear

I don't care if aliens were blocking

all the roads in Southern Israel.

You need to be here at 9:30 sharp.

It's my fault. She missed two buses

in Be'er Sheba waiting for me.

You don't have to come to the base together all the time.

You're like glue. We're not in kindergarten. Who's she?

This is Tehila... Okay,

it doesn't matter now.

You have two minutes to serve breakfast.

Clean this up after.

What? Exactly.

Get rid of that stain right away.

You don't have to salute.

Boot camp is over.

That bitch! Why is she yelling at me?

I'm supposed to clean her uniform?

What am I, her slave?

Don't worry about it, Ignore her. We'll

make her coffee and she'll calm down.

Coffee? That bitch, she

can go f*ck herself.

Along with all the officers up her ass.

Rama, our Lieutenant,

she's a little uptight.

She's retarded.


"Soon, you'll talk to me again..."

"And my body will feel your warmth"

"And your breathing..."

This is the seating order of the officers so

you'll know what coffee to serve to which officer.

Get it? It's really simple.

Hey, Nati.


What, you don't remember me?

You probably didn't recognize

me without the tears?

Dafi, from personnel.

right, without the hoodie.

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Talya Lavie

Talya Lavie (born 1978) is an Israeli filmmaker best known for her 2014 debut feature Zero Motivation. more…

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