Watched the movie Lebanon yesterday

I’d heard great things about it so walked across Central Park to the Lincoln Center near Columbus Circle as that is the only theater in NYC that’s playing it. Oh, here’s a link to an overview of the movie:

I won’t reveal any spoilers, but I will say it wasn’t quite what I was expecting. It was clear what the director was going for, but the execution didn’t quite pull it off. It’s been described as Das Boat in a tank, and that’s fairly accurate except Das Boat is a superior film. Still, there were elements in the claustrophobic environment of the tank that I thought superb. One of the best was the narrative device of the disembodied voice of a commander heard over the radio. It’s no easy feat to make a movie that takes place almost entirely inside a space about the size of a 10×10 closet. What gripes I have are more with some of the acting. I thought a couple of characters were a bit over-wrought at times.

In the end, I do recommend this film. The banter between the tank crew is quite hilarious at times and there’s one great story told about a teacher and a father’s death that while seemingly out of left field is a fascinating bit of story telling.

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